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Here you can find a wide variety of exciting birding tours from around the world. Birding is our passion and we enjoy sharing our experience with other like-minded travellers, from beginners to expert alike. We truly believe that our combination of small groups, competitively priced and attractive itineraries, and our excellent leaders will provide you with the perfect birding and wildlife tour. So let's go birding!

The photo on the right is of a Scarlet-breasted Dacnis, a species we should see during our NW Ecuador tour in April 2023. We still have a few spaces left on this tour.  More info here - NW Ecuador Tour Info

scarlet-breasted dacnis
Scarlet-breasted Dacnis

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So why not join a Zoothera tour and let us take you to some of the best birding locations to see some amazing birds?


arabian Eagle-Owl
Arabian Eagle Owl

We are in the process of adding some new tours for next year. In January 2023 we have decided to return to Oman, but this time a one-centre 8 day birders special in SOUTHERN OMAN. There's a bunch of Arabian specialities to find here, a pelagic, and a good crack at finding some rarities too! Meanwhile, closer to home there's another House Party at our fantastic villa in CYPRUS during peak migration of early April. There's nothing quite like our House Parties as we look after you with expert guiding, amazing food and copious amounts of free wine & beer! So let's go birding! 

cyprus warbler
Cyorus Warbler


Magellanic Plover
Magellanic Plover copyright Rodrigo Tapia


19th Feb - 5th March 2023
The southern oceans are home to an incredible variety of seabirds with many mouth-watering species inhabiting this wild and apparently inhospitable region and the thought of taking one of the small boat pelagics out into these often rough seas is not that appealing to many people. Indeed, the very names such as Cape Horn, Straits of Magellan, Beagle Channel and the Falkland Islands conjure up a longing in many birders but it's always been just out of reach. Not any more! In partnership with Princess Cruises we offer the ultimate pelagic experience! By utilising the services of a full working cruise ship with all the onboard amenities one associates with such a venture we can sail the southern ocean in search of numerous much-wanted seabirds, with 10+ albatrosses, penguins, diving-petrels, prions, and numerous petrels this promises to be a trip of a lifetime. We will be on deck every day and the ship is stable enough to support our scopes as we search for some iconic seabirds such as both Northern and Southern Royal Albatross, at least 3 species of Wandering Albatross, Yellow-nosed Albatross, Black-browed Albatross, Grey-headed Albatross, Buller's Albatross, Salvin's Albatross, Cape Verde Shearwater, Soft-plumaged Petrel, Stejneger's Petrel, Juan Fernandez Petrel, Black-bellied Storm-Petrel, Fuegian Storm-Petrel (a potential split from Wilson's Storm-Petrel), Pincoya Storm-Petrel, Grey-backed Storm-Petrel and more! Add to this several land-based excursions to see King Penguins in the Falkland Islands, a visit to the wetlands near Montevideo, Uruguay, Alerce Andino National Park at Puerto-Montt and the Patagonian-steppe near Punta Arenas in Chile, the forests of Patagonia National park near Ushuaia, the spectacular Valdes Peninsula and Costanera Sur Reserve in Argentina. More great species should be seen such as Lesser Rhea, Elegant Crested Tinamou, Falkland, Flying and Flightless Steamer-Ducks, Snowy Sheathbill,  Imperial Cormorant, Giant Wood-Rail, Magellanic Plover, Rufous-chested Dotterel, South American Painted Snipe, Austral Pygmy Owl, Magellanic Woodpecker, Magellanic Tapaculo, Black-throated Huet-Huet, White-bridled Finch and so much more! We have added both pre and post-tour extensions as well.

So often we birders leave our loved ones or 'significant other' behind whilst we fly off to chase our dream birds and we get to experience many different countries our partners would tell us they would love to visit also but without the early mornings or strains of keeping up with us and our group whilst birding. This tour is the perfect excuse for all  non-birding partners to join us on our travels whilst we enjoy our birding and they can take advantage of the amenities of this fabulous cruise ship. There is no charge for non-birding partners to join this tour only the cost of the cabin which can be arranged through our dedicated group contact at Princess Cruises. A non-birding Zoothera representative will also be onboard to assist with any non-birding activities and enquiries.   TOUR INFO HERE

red-breasted chat
Red-breasted Chat is one of the major attractions of our West Mexico tour

11th - 26th MARCH 2023

This tour is a specialised itinerary designed to concentrate our efforts in finding as many of the endemic and specialty bird species of Western Mexico as possible. Starting along  the Durango Highway we should see  Rufous-bellied Chachalaca, Elegant Quail, Mexican Parrotlet, Lilac-crowned Parrot, Colima Pygmy-Owl, White-naped Swift, Golden-crowned Emerald, Berylline and Sparkling-tailed Hummingbirds, Citreoline Trogon, Russet-crowned Motmot, Black-throated Magpie-Jay, Purplish-backed Jay, Happy and Sinaloa Wrens, Black-capped Gnatcatcher, Blue Mockingbird, Fan-tailed and Rufous-capped Warblers, Blue Bunting and Rusty-crowned Ground-Sparrow top the list of specialties. As spectacular as this list may appear, the real objects of our search here are found in the pine woodlands at higher elevations—Tufted Jay and Eared Quetzal—certainly two of Mexico’s most impressive and interesting birds. A more thorough exploration of this fabulous area should reveal Mountain Trogon, Gray-crowned Woodpecker, Mountain Pygmy-Owl, White-striped Woodcreeper, Pine Flycatcher, Gray-collared Becard, Spotted Wren, Russet Nightingale-Thrush, Aztec Thrush, Gray Silky-flycatcher, Crescent-chested and Red Warblers, Red-headed Tanager, Rufous-capped and Green-striped Brush-Finches, Hooded Grosbeak and Black-headed Siskin. Following our stay here we will then head further east and target 2 more endemics; Striped Sparrow and Sierra Madre Sparrow before heading to San Blas for a great boat trip amongst other things. Species that we expect to see include Rufous-bellied Chachalaca, Elegant Quail, Lesser Roadrunner, Colima Pygmy-Owl, Mexican Woodnymph and Bumblebee Hummingbird (as well as a host of wintering northern hummers for our Mexican lists), White-striped Woodcreeper, Spotted, Happy and Sinaloa Wrens and Red-headed Tanager. There's plenty more happening before we reach the twin volcanos of Volcan de Fuego & Volcan de Nieve.  Due to changing habitats draped across these magnificent volcanos, fields and thorn scrub on the lower flanks through pine/fir forest near treeline, the variety of birds to be found here are truly amazing. Here we have our best chance of seeing Long-tailed Wood-Partridge, Singing Quail, Thick-billed Parrot (found in the winter season only), Bumblebee Hummingbird, White-striped Woodcreeper, Gray-collared Becard, Spotted Wren, Aztec Thrush (present here in wintertime flocks), Russet Nightingale-Thrush, Dwarf Vireo, Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo, Green-striped Brush-Finch, Collared Towhee and Black-backed (Abeille’s) Oriole. Night birding on the volcanos has its prizes to be uncovered as well. Whiskered Screech-Owl, Mountain Pygmy-Owl, Stygian Owl, Mexican Spotted Owl, Eared Poorwill, Buff-collared Nightjar and Mexican Whip-poor-will top our list of possibilities. It is our intent to find ALL of these specialty nightbirds, thus our five night stay in the area. Wow! 
See tour info here - WEST MEXICO TOUR INFO