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z Lesser Antilles

Targets every single Lesser Antilles and Trinidad endemic, including Critically Endangered Imperial Amazon, Grenada Dove, and Trinidad Piping Guan, plus numerous other exciting endemics like the astonishing Barbuda, St. Lucia, and Whistling Warblers, with many beautiful endemic hummingbirds! Includes Trinidad as part of the main tour.

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Accommodation:

Comfortable accommodation throughout, all with private facilities.

Walking difficulty:

Easy throughout the tour on a mixture of trails and roadside birding.

Tour cost includes:

All accommodation, main meals, drinking water, internal flights (as stated in itinerary), overland transport, tips to local drivers and guides, travel permits, entrance fees, and guide fees.

Tour cost excludes:

Flights before and after the tour start/end, visa, travel insurance, tips to tour leaders, laundry, drinks, and other items of a personal nature.

The order in which all islands will be visited may vary, depending on changes in local flight and boat schedules. Please do not book international flights until you receive the confirmed start/end details from us.


ANTIGUA & BARBUDA


Day 1: The tour starts this afternoon on the island of Antigua (ANU), where we will spend the next two nights.


Day 2: This morning, we will embark on a day trip to the nearby Barbuda island. We’ll spend the day enjoying the endemic Barbuda Warbler, as well as our first of many regional specialties, like Green-throated Carib, Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Lesser Antillean Flycatcher, Caribbean Elaenia, Lesser Antillean Bullfinch, and other more widespread Caribbean birds such as Zenaida Dove, White-crowned Pigeon, Black-faced Grassquit, and more. We will have a full day on the island before taking the ferry back to Antigua.


MONTSERRAT


Day 3: This morning, we’ll catch a flight to the nearby British overseas territory of Montserrat. The key target here will be Montserrat Oriole, a threatened endemic of the central hills of the island. Other Lesser Antilles specialties that should be seen here include Bridled Quail Dove, Purple-throated Carib, Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Forest Thrush, Scaly-breasted Thrasher, Brown Trembler, and “Lesser Antillean” Bananaquit. Other species will likely be encountered; mostly Caribbean endemics like Scaly-naped and White-crowned Pigeons, Caribbean Martin, and Caribbean Elaenia, among others. Night on Montserrat.


GUADELOUPE


Day 4: Today, we’ll catch a morning flight to the French department of Guadeloupe (via Antigua) for an overnight stay. The island used to host several endemics; sadly, Guadeloupe Woodpecker is the only extant species. It shouldn’t take us long to find this subtle endemic, as well as some more Lesser Antilles specialties like Bridled Quail Dove, Lesser Antilles Swift, Purple-throated Carib, Pearly-eyed Thrasher, Brown Trembler, Plumbeous Warbler, Lesser Antillean Saltator, and more. Night on Guadeloupe.


DOMINICA


Day 5: A morning flight or boat ride will take us to the island of Dominica, where we will stay for two nights.


Day 6: Our time on Dominica will mostly be spent scanning forested slopes to find Lesser Antilles’ toughest endemic: the Critically Endangered Imperial Amazon, which has dwindled to a only few dozen individuals. It will require luck and persistence before we see one flying above or perched in a large tree, but we have good chances of succeeding. The other island endemic, Red-necked Parrot, is fortunately more common, and we’ll see several flocks of these striking Amazonas. While waiting for the parrots, we have good chances to connect with a wealth of other regional endemics like Blue-headed Hummingbird (only otherwise found on Martinique), Lesser Antillean Pewee, Lesser Antillean Flycatcher, stunning Rufous-throated Solitaire, Forest Thrush, and more - we’ll be busy! Night on Dominica.


MARTINIQUE


Day 7: After some final birding on Dominica, we’ll take a flight to another French island: Martinique. Our birding here will focus on finding the endemic Martinique Oriole and several specialties that are easier here than anywhere else, namely Blue-headed Hummingbird, the beautiful White-breasted Thrasher, Grey Trembler, Spectacled Thrush, Lesser Antillean Saltator, and Lesser Antillean Euphonia, among others. Night on Martinique.


ST. LUCIA


Day 8: After some final birding, we will leave Martinique and either fly or take a boat ride to St. Lucia, the most endemic-rich island of the Lesser Antilles, where we will spend the next two nights.


Day 9: Our time on the charming island of St. Lucia will be devoted to finding the island’s four endemics: St. Lucia Parrot, St. Lucia Warbler, St. Lucia Black Finch and St. Lucia Oriole. Several other species have endemic forms and putative splits on St. Lucia, including Rufous Nightjar, Lesser Antillean Pewee, and House Wren, and we’ll make sure to see them all! Night on St. Lucia.


GRENADA


Day 10: After some morning birding, we will take a flight to Grenada, where we will stay for two nights.


Day 11: We will have a full day on Grenada to guarantee sightings of the Critically Endangered Grenada Dove. We will spend time in Mt Hartman National Park, where we stand an excellent chance of finding this rare and restricted endemic. Other range-restricted species include Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Grenada Flycatcher, Lesser Antillean Bullfinch, and the local form of Lesser Antillean Tanager. Night on Grenada.


ST. VINCENT


Day 12: We will take a morning flight to St. Vincent, where two endemics will be on the stage: St. Vincent Parrot and Whistling Warbler, the latter an odd-looking New World Warbler standing in a monotypic genus. Other goodies of St. Vincent include the endemic forms of Lesser Antillean Tanager, House Wren, and Carib Grackle, plus more widespread species like Ruddy Quail Dove and Cocoa and Spectacled Thrushes. Night on St. Vincent.


Day 13: Most of the day will be spent looking for any remaining St. Vincent targets. We will then take an evening flight to Barbados, where we will overnight.


BARBADOS


Day 14: We will have a full morning birding on Barbados, mostly to look for its sole endemic: Barbados Bullfinch, which strangely only exhibits female-type plumages. From Barbados, we will take an afternoon flight to Trinidad, the final island visited on this tour. Upon arrival, we will drive to the Blanchisseuse Road, where we will overnight.'


TRINIDAD


Day 15: The island of Trinidad hosts a remarkable number of species - about 400 in total, of which around 250 breed on the island. Birding here will provide us with a wealth of South American species as we travel through the vast expanses of lowland rainforest. The morning will be spent birding the Blanchisseuse Road, where we will spend most of the day looking for the endemic Trinidad Motmot, hummingbirds such as Tufted Coquette, White-chested Emerald, Copper-rumped Emerald, and Blue-chinned Sapphire, Guianan Trogon, Black-faced Antthrush, the scarce Grey-throated Leaftosser, lekking Golden-headed Manakin, striking Bearded Bellbird, Trinidad Euphonia, and many, many others. We will then travel to the remote village of Grande Rivière for an overnight stay.


Day 16: This morning will mostly be devoted to finding the Critically Endangered Trinidad Piping Guan, as well as some other uncommon species like Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, White-bellied Antbird, and Black-crested Antshrike, among others. We will then return to Port of Spain, stopping at a roadside marsh to look for Pinnated Bittern. At dusk, the vast Caroni Bird Sanctuary harbours hundreds of roosting Scarlet Ibis, a spectacle we will do our best to witness! Night in Port of Spain.


Day 17: End of the tour this morning at Trinidad International Airport (POS). There are possible direct connections with our Greater Antilles tour, which starts this evening in Kingston, Jamaica (KIN).


BAHAMAS PRE-TOUR EXTENSION


Day 1: The tour starts this evening in Nassau (NAS), on the Island of New Providence. Night in Nassau.


Day 2-3: We will catch an early morning flight to the town of Marsh Harbour, on Great Abaco Island, which offers the best birding in the Bahamas! We will spend two days birding the various patches of habitat, focusing on finding four endemics: Bahama Woodstar, Bahama Warbler, and Bahama Yellowthroat. Numerous other typical Caribbean specialties occur on this island, including some possible splits like “Bahama” Cuban Parrot, “Bahama” Red-legged Thrush, and “Bahama” Western Spindalis. Other species will likely feature, including White-crowned Pigeon, Key West Quail Dove, Cuban Emerald, West Indian Woodpecker, La Sagra’s Flycatcher, Olive-capped Warbler, and many more. Night on Great Abaco.


Day 4: We will take a flight to Andros Town, on the island of North Andros. We will be looking for the endemic Bahama Oriole, as well as other species easier here or not occurring on Great Abaco, including “Bahama” Great Lizard Cuckoo and West Indian Whistling Duck. Bahama Woodstar is also easier here, so we’ll make sure not to miss this diminutive endemic! Night on North Andros.


Day 5: We will catch a flight back to Nassau, where the extension ends. Those continuing onwards to the Lesser Antilles will catch a flight to Antigua, where the main tour will begin in the afternoon.

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