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We offer quality ANYTIME birding tours and bird/wildlife photo tours. You choose the dates when you wish to travel, we make the arrangements, you enjoy the tour. Once you register, you'll have the choice of converting your request to a SCHEDULED tour and posting it on our website or keeping it private. Our group price will apply as long as 4 or more persons sign up. We think having the guide's undivided attention during a private tour or sharing the guide with just a couple other people is far superior to birding with a larger group. Early planning is advisable to ensure availability of guide and accommodations.

Many of our tours to Central America, South America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia are listed below. For a complete list please check our BIRDING TOURS or PHOTO TOURS menus. Please note that all our birding tours can be conducted as bird photo tours instead if you prefer. All itineraries can be modified to suit your individual wishes. In addition, we offer bird photography workshops for both beginning and more advanced photographers. If you're interested in a workshop, please check our WORKSHOPS menu above or give us a call. Please note - If you use hotmail or msn for sending emails, please read below notice.

THAILAND BIRDING TOURS

Malayan Banded-Pitta - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding Tours

Our Thailand tours are conducted by top birding guides who reside in Thailand. Unlike other tour operators, our guides carry portable blinds that are essential in some locales for seeing some of the more difficult species such as partridges and pittas. They are also in daily touch with the Thai birding network and hear about accidentals and rarities as soon as they are reported, as well as getting the most up-to-date information on where difficult species have most recently been found.

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Coral-billed Scimitar-Babbler - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (22 days, 21 nights)
Anytime Price: $5450; (Single Suppl $525)
Group Price: $5125; (Single Suppl $525)

Doi Lang, Doi Ang Khang, Doi Inthanon, Mae Ping, Mae Wong, Bung Boraphet, Laem Pak Bia, Pak Thale, Kaeng Krachan, Wat Khao Luk Chang, Chumphon, Krung Ching, Phang Nga
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Hume's Pheasant - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (15 days, 14 nights)
Anytime Price: $3950; (Single Suppl $350)
Group Price: $3650; (Single Suppl $350)

Pak Thale, Laem Pak Bia, Bung Boraphet, Mae Wong, Mae Ping, Doi Inthanon, Doi Lang, Doi Ang Khang
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Malayan Banded-Pitta - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (14 days, 13 nights)
Anytime Price: $3625; (Single Suppl $325)
Group Price: $3300; (Single Suppl $325)

Pak Thale, Laem Pak Bia, Kaeng Krachan, Wat Khao Luk Chang, Chumphon, Khlong Saeng, Sri Phang Nga, Krung Ching, Thai Muang, Phang Nga, Khao Nor Chuchi
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Gray-headed Babbler - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (18 days, 17 nights)
Anytime Price: $4575; (Single Suppl $400)
Group Price: $4250; (Single Suppl $400)

Pak Thale, Laem Pak Bia, Kaeng Krachan, Wat Khao Luk Chang, Chumphon, Khlong Saeng, Laem Pak Bia, Thai Muang, Phang Nga, Sri Phang Nga, Khao Nor Chuchi, Krung Ching, Yaring Mangroves, Princess Sirindhorn Peat Swamp Forest Research & Study Center, Hala Bala
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PERU BIRDING TOURS

Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding Tours

Peru has more bird species than any other country in the world. The highlands around Machu Picchu, Manu Road, and the buffer zone around Manu Biosphere Reserve are all fabulous. The northern route offers many additional endemics not present around Manu. Accommodations are generally good but some are more basic and a few in the lowlands only have shared baths.

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Torrent Duck - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (14 days, 13 nights)
Anytime Price: $3650; (Single Suppl $500)
Group Price: $3300; (Single Suppl $500)

Machu Picchu, Abra Malaga, Manu Road
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Andean Cock-of-the-rock - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (20 days, 19 nights)
Anytime Price: $5150; (Single Suppl $500)
Group Price: $4750; (Single Suppl $500)

Machu Picchu, Abra Malaga, Manu Road, Manu Biosphere Reserve
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Crimson-collared Tanager - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (14 days, 13 nights)
Anytime Price: $4150; (Single Suppl $500)
Group Price: $3750; (Single Suppl $500)

Tarapoto, Waqanki, Abra Patricia, Pomacochas, Jaen, Pomac, Chaparri, Casupe Road
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GUYANA BIRDING TOURS

Guianan Streaked-Antwren - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding Tours

Guyana features numerous endemics not found anywhere else. Birding is easy and productive. The south offers a good chance to see Sun Parakeet and Red Siskin. The interior is currently almost entirely unspoiled rainforest though that could change if the Guyana government proceeds with paving the only road from the coast to Brazil. Accommodations vary from generally good to quite rustic.

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Black Curassow - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (10 days, 9 nights)
Anytime Price: $3900; (Single Suppl $0)
Group Price: $3600; (Single Suppl $0)

Georgetown, Coast, Iwokrama, Surama, Rock View, Karanambu
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Yellow-chinned Spinetail - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (15 days, 14 nights)
Anytime Price: $5500; (Single Suppl $0)
Group Price: $5100; (Single Suppl $0)

Georgetown, Coast, Iwokrama, Surama, Rock View, Karanambu, Karasabai, Ireng River, Dadanawa
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ECUADOR BIRDING TOURS

Giant Antpitta - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding Tours

Ecuador is hard to beat for sheer diversity of birding opportunities. Over 500 species are possible on a two week birding tour. The country is equally productive for bird photography, especially of hummingbirds but also antpittas and other birds.

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Spot-backed Antbird - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (5 days, 5 nights)
Anytime Price: $1675; (Single Suppl $430)
Group Price: $1625; (Single Suppl $430)

Napo River
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Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (6 days, 6 nights)
Anytime Price: $1975; (Single Suppl $525)
Group Price: $1925; (Single Suppl $525)

Napo River
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Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (12 days, 11 nights)
Anytime Price: $3875; (Single Suppl $200)
Group Price: $3250; (Single Suppl $200)

Guango, San Isidro, Tandayapa, Mindo, Refugio Paz, Bellavista
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Buff-tailed Coronet - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (14 days, 13 nights)
Anytime Price: $4625; (Single Suppl $275)
Group Price: $3775; (Single Suppl $275)

Guango, San Isidro, Wild Sumaco, Tandayapa, Mindo, Refugio Paz, Bellavista
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Resplendent Quetzal - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding Tours

PANAMA BIRDING TOURS

Panama is a popular birding destination for its interesting mix of Central and South American birds and for the near endemics found only in western Panama and neighboring southern Costa Rica. The best birding is dry season from Dec-April but summer tours can also be productive. Our Panama tours can be done as birding tours or as photo tours.

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Black Hawk-Eagle - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (10 days, 9 nights)
Anytime Price: $3350; (Single Suppl $350)
Group Price: $2850; (Single Suppl $350)

Metropolitan Park, Bayano lowlands, Old Gamboa Road, Achiote Road, Pipeline Road, Discovery Center, Valle de Anton
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Silver-throated Tanager - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (13 days, 12 nights)
Anytime Price: $4350; (Single Suppl $490)
Group Price: $3850; (Single Suppl $490)

Metropolitan Park, Bayano lowlands, Old Gamboa Road, Achiote Road, Pipeline Road, Discovery Center, Valle de Anton, Chiriqui Highlands
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COSTA RICA BIRDING & PHOTO TOURS

Scintillant Hummingbird - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding Tours

Travel to Costa Rica is safe, birding is excellent, and accommodations are very good at most places. Our classic tour is most popular but we also offer longer tours. Most tours can be done as birding tours or bird photo tours.

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Snowcap - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (9 days, 8 nights)
Anytime Price: $3050; (Single Suppl $310)
Group Price: $2675; (Single Suppl $310)

Carara, La Selva, Talamanca Highlands
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Long-tailed Silky-Flycatcher - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (11 days, 10 nights)
Anytime Price: $3775; (Single Suppl $335)
Group Price: $3375; (Single Suppl $335)

La Selva, Braulio Carrillo, Tapanti, Talamanca Highlands, Los Cusingos, Carara
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Pale-billed Woodpecker - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (14 days, 13 nights)
Anytime Price: $4975; (Single Suppl $425)
Group Price: $4575; (Single Suppl $425)

La Selva, Braulio Carrillo, Tapanti, Talamanca Highlands, Wilson Botanical Gardens, Golfito, Carara
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Resplendent Quetzal - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (15 days, 14 nights)
Anytime Price: $5450; (Single Suppl $525)
Group Price: $4995; (Single Suppl $525)

Arenal, La Selva, Tapanti, Talamanca Highlands, Osa, Carara, Monteverde
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KENYA BIRDING TOURS

Black-headed Gonolek - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding Tours

Kenya's birding possibilities reach far beyond just the national parks. Many of the specialties are found in out of the way forest reserves not visited by typical safaris. Combining these locales with the game parks makes birding in Kenya a special experience. Our two week tour visits the best birding sites in central and western Kenya. Our mega safaries add several special places where serious birders can pick up many additional species.

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Northern Masked-Weaver - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (15 days, 14 nights)
Anytime Price: $5675; (Single Suppl $750)
Group Price: $5275; (Single Suppl $750)

Gatamaiyu Forest, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru, Molo Grassland, Lake Baringo, Kerio Valley, Kakamega Forest, Busia Grassland, Lake Victoria
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ANYTIME (17 days, 16 nights)
Anytime Price: $6450; (Single Suppl $850)
Group Price: $5975; (Single Suppl $850)

Gatamaiyu Forest, Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru, Molo Grassland, Lake Baringo, Kerio Valley, Kongelai Escarpment, Saiwa Swamp, Kakamega Forest, Busia Grassland, Lake Victoria, Oloololo Escarpment, Masai Mara
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Jackson's Hornbill - © Laura L Fellows and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (20 days, 19 nights)
Anytime Price: $7650; (Single Suppl $1000)
Group Price: $7125; (Single Suppl $1000)

Castle Rock, Mt Kenya, Shaba Reserve, Buffalo Springs Reserve, Samburu Reserve, Aberdares, Lake Nakuru, Molo Grassland, Lake Baringo, Kakamega Forest, Busia Grassland, Lake Victoria, Oloololo Escarpment, Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Gatamaiyu Forest
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KENYA PHOTO SAFARIS

Blue Wildebeest - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding tours

Birding in Kenya is best done around the short or long rains while mammal watching is best done during dry season. Our photo safaries are designed for those wishing to photograph mammals as well as birds, particularly during the peak season of July-September when the spectacular Wildebeest migration is taking place within Kenya. Combining mammal and bird photography makes for a memorable experience that goes above and beyond traditional safaris to Kenya.

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ANYTIME (13 days, 12 nights)
Anytime Price: $5575; (Single Suppl $700)
Group Price: $5175; (Single Suppl $700)

Mt Kenya, Samburu Reserve, Buffalo Springs Reserve, Lake Naivasha, Oloololo Escarpment, Masai Mara
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ANYTIME (14 days, 13 nights)
Anytime Price: $6050; (Single Suppl $775)
Group Price: $5650; (Single Suppl $775)

Mt Kenya, Buffalo Springs Reserve, Samburu Reserve, Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, Oloololo Escarpment, Masai Mara
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TANZANIA TOURS

Leopard - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding Tours

Tanzania's spectacular wildlife puts it on just about everyone's bucket list. Safaris to the game parks are almost sure to find both Leopards and Cheetahs. Add incredible birding to the list and you have the trip of a lifetime. Our extended tour adds birding in the endemic-rich Usambara Mountains to our traditional safari itinerary.

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ANYTIME (11 days, 10 nights)
Anytime Price: $4950; (Single Suppl $600)
Group Price: $4650; (Single Suppl $600)

Arusha, Tarangire, Ndutu, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Gibb's Farm
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Black-headed Gonolek - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (13 days, 12 nights)
Anytime Price: $5850; (Single Suppl $750)
Group Price: $5550; (Single Suppl $750)

Arusha, Tarangire, Ndutu, Serengeti, Speke Bay, Ngorongoro Crater, Gibb's Farm
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Orange-bellied Parrot - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding ToursANYTIME (17 days, 16 nights)
Anytime Price: $7250; (Single Suppl $1150)
Group Price: $6950; (Single Suppl $1150)

Arusha, Tarangire, Ndutu, Serengeti, Speke Bay, Ngorongoro Crater, Gibb's Farm, Mkomazi, West Usambara Mountains
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Kalij Pheasant - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding Tours

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WHAT'S NEW

June 2015 - Thailand Birding Tours - We're now offering several birding tours to Thailand. Our tours are very favorably priced and utilize expert birding guides who reside in Thailand year round.

June 2015 - Thailand Photos - We've added numerous photos from our recent Thailand scouting trip to our Thailand country page, Thailand trip report, and a Thailand photo gallery.

May 2015 - Thailand Scouting Trip - One of us just completed a 6-week scouting trip to Thailand with 630 species recorded, substantially more than typical group tours especially considering many Palearctic migrants picked up earlier in the season by most tour groups were already gone. We plan on offering tours to Thailand in the near future. Our trip covered the entire country including many places not visited on typical itineraries, and we used an in-country guide plugged in to the Thai birding commity and constantly informed of rare sightings. Special highlights included the vagrant and endangered Black-faced Spoonbill, several rather rare Chinese Egrets, the rare and much sought-after Nordmann's Greenshank, and the uncommon and highly endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper at Pak Thale/Laem Pak Bia, two accidentals in one day (Wallcreeper - second Thailand record and Firethroat - first Thailand record) at Chaing Saen followed by a rare Brown-Cheeked Rail and, the next day, a very rare Common Shelduck on the lake, about 50 sporadically seen Nepal House-Martins at Phu Hin Ran Kla, only place where this species occurs in Thailand, followed by the rare and very local Jerdon's Bushchat at the same locale, an endangered and secretive White-winged Duck, the rare and elusive Coral-billed Ground-Cuckoo, and the difficult and local Brown Hornbill at Phu Keio Wildlife Sanctuary, the very local Great Thick-knee, River Lapwing, and Mekong Wagtail along the Mekong River near Ratchathani, the very local Limestone Wren-Babbler near Saraburi, a Narcissus Flycatcher (first Thailand record in 2 years), a rare Gray-tailed Tattler, and a very rare Yellow-vented Green-Pigeon on Man Nai Island, the tough Rusty-cheeked Hornbill at Kaeng Krachan, a pair of rare Brown-breasted Flycatchers at Doi Inthanon, a very local Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher at Yaring Mangroves, a very local Malayan Blue-Flycatcher at Princess Sirindhorn Peatswamp Reserve, and a displaying male Great Argus at Sri Phang Nga. Notably, we saw 5 species of partridges, 6 pheasants, 21 raptors, 20 cuckoos, 8 owls, 12 kingfishers, 6 bee-eaters, 7 hornbills, 11 barbets, 26 woodpeckers, 7 broadbills, 5 pittas, 10 cuckooshrikes, 7 drongos, 10 corvids, 32 bulbuls, 22 leaf-warblers, 4 parrotbills, 35 babblers and fulvettas, 6 laughing thrushes, 53 Muscicapid flycatchers, 12 mynas/starlings, 7 flowerpeckers, 10 sunbirds, 8 spiderhunters, and much more. For full details please see our trip report reached from the GENERAL menu above.

November 2014 - New Photography Article - We've added a new article about photography to our website. The article is about the usage of sequences of stills to capture interesting snippets of animal behavior that are occasionally observed on tour. It can be accessed from the ARTICLES menu above.

October 2014 - Tanzania Photos - We've added a gallery of photos from our 2014 Tanzania scouting trip to the GALLERIES menu and also to the 2014 Tanzania trip report pages found under the GENERAL menu Trip Reports option above. We've also added photos to our Tanzania country page, reached from the AFRICA menu above.

October 2014 - Clements Updates - We've updated our website to reflect all changes on the September 2014 Clements update, version 6.9. Many changes on this update were focused on Asian birds, along with some African birds. Four new families are recognized, most notably separation of Old World Parrots into the family Psittaculidae. The genera in a variety of families were resequenced, and some were moved to different families, separated into new families, or placed in uncertain status. Various new species were recognized, mostly Asian and Amazonian. Notable is the newly recognized species Junin Tapaculo in central Peru. Various species were also split, especially those on Pacific and Indonesian Islands, but also in Africa and Asia. Notable splits among neotropical species involved Spotted Antpitta, Andean Tyrant, and Sirystes. Species lumped with other taxa and are no longer recognized include Bamboo Antwren, Xingu Woodcreeper, Typana Scythebill, and Tapajos Scythebill.

August 2014 - Peru Birding Tour - Our July 2014 tour to Peru was a big success with 539 bird species recorded despite the absence of boreal migrants. The tour covered some coastal areas south of Lima, Aguas Calients, Machu Picchu, Abra Malaga and other highland sites, the Manu Road, and several lodges in the lowlands along the Rio Madre de Dios. Of special note were excellent views and sometimes photos of several rarities that included Brazilian Teal, two Blue-footed Boobies perched on a piling in Pucusana harbor, soaring Crested Eagle, a perched juvenile Black-and-chestnut Eagle, a perched Solitary Eagle, Amazonian Swift, Subtropical Doradito, Slaty Elaenia, Andean Tyrant, White-rumped Swallow, White-eared Solitaire, Reichenow's Seedeater, Gray-browed Brush-Finch, and Pale-eyed Blackbird. Read more »


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