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GEORGETOWN

GUYANA
LOCALE

# Species:215
# Excl Vagrants:215
# Endemics:0
# Near Endemics:2
Habitat: Gardens, open woodland, coastal areas

ABOUT THE BIRDING

The most frequently visited birding locale in Georgetown is the Botanical Gardens. The gardens are largely open habitat but has a small amount of forested areas, scattered trees, ponds, and shrubbery. They are located in the heart of the city, not far from Cara Lodge. Birding is best done in early morning, beginning shortly after daybreak before it gets hot. Notable attractions are the many parrots and macaws, all introduced from the forested interior of the country. The species usually present are Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Red-shouldered Macaw, Golden-winged Parakeet, Festive Amazon, Yellow-crowned Amazon, Orange-winged Amazon, and Mealy Amazon. The cacophony from these birds is a constant reminder than one is in the tropics!

An important target species at the gardens is Blood-colored Woodpecker, a Guianan endemic found only in coastal areas. It is usually seen though it may take some looking to find it. Other birds of interest include Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Black-crested Antshrike, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, White-headed Marsh-Tyrant, Gray Kingbird, Black-capped Donacobius, and Carib Grackle.

A second worthwhile birding locale in Georgetown is the Garden of Eden. The gardens there are a good place to look for hummingbirds in late afternoon. Possibilities include Blue-chinned Sapphire, White-chinned Sapphire, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Green-tailed Goldenthroat, and Glittering-throated Emerald. Other birds on interest in the gardens include Azure Gallinule, Little Cuckoo, Gray Kingbird, and Wing-barred Seedeater.

LOCATION OF SITE

Georgetown is the capital city of Guyana and is the usual port of entry for most visitors. The international airport is about 45 minutes outside the city. Transfers into the city are best done by licensed cab operators arranged inside the airport terminal. Several birding locales exist within Georgetown. A guided tour is the best way to find and explore them.