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jocotoco antpitta
Jocotoco Antpitta

Think of the Andes, think of Tumbesian & Ecuadorian endemics, think of rare and scarce species, then you've got Southern Ecuador. It doesn't get any more exciting than Jocotoco Antpitta does it? We will be birding amidst epiphyte-laden forests, walking trails, visiting numerous hummingbird feeders and having a great time with our superb local guide, Juan Carlos Calvachi and Nick Bray. Think of lekking Long-wattled Umbrellabirds, dazzling Rainbow Starfrontlets, Orange-throated Tanager, rare Pale-headed Brush-Finch, and the whole assortment of tinamous, aracaris, parrots, puffbirds, furnariids, antbirds, flycatchers, manakins, seedeaters and more. Southern Ecuador has it all. We stay at many remote lodges owned by the Jocotoco Foundation and will be right in the heart of the action. And we will be taking it easy too! So, let's go birding.

Tour info here - Southern Ecuador    

oriental plover
Oriental Plover

NEW TOUR!     MONGOLIA - MAY 2024       
So, at long last we are heading to Mongolia. Well, next year at least but we've already taken a few bookings. This vast open wilderness is home to White-naped Crane, Oriental Plover, Pallas's Sandgrouse, Mongolian Ground Jay, Relict Gull, Azure Tit, Kozlov's Accentor, and so much more! Oh and we will try and find Black-billed Capercaillie too! So why not join us for a true birding adventure? 

Tour info here - Mongolia    

Southern Royal Albatross
Southern Royal Albatross

Well our tour has concluded with a few days birding at Ceibas seeing species such as Spotted Nothura, Giant Wood-Rail, Ringed Teal, Scimitar-billed Woodcreeper, Short-billed Canastero, Little Thornbird, Brown Cachalote, Brown-and-Yellow Marshbird, Yellowish Pipit, Lark-like Brushrunner, Curve-billed & Sulphur-bearded Reedhaunters, Warbling Doradito, White-tipped Plantcutter, Marsh, Rufous-rumped & Dark-throated Seedeaters and Glaucous-blue Grosbeak amongst many others. It's been truly epic in many ways and we've all agreed it's undoubtedly the best way to see so many seabirds, albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters & storm-petrels. You should try it for yourself!

We have prepared a short summary of what you can expect from this rather unique tour that is an amazing pelagic experience with up to 11 species of albatross and 30 species of tubenose possible.  Just follow the link here for a little taster: Epic Cape Horn Tour in Pictures

Please email our office to register your interest. You can view our photo gallery here - Epic Cape Horn Cruise Photo Gallery 2023

And the 2023 trip report is here: Epic Cape Horn Cruise Tour Report 2023

Tour info here - Cape Horn Cruise    

white-headed petrel
The 1st White-headed Petrel for Chile!


Our current Cape Horn Cruise aboard a fully working cruise ship is exceeding all of our expectations. So far we have found the first documented White-headed Petrel for Chile, as well as what we think maybe the first Gould's Petrel for Chile. Add to this Pincoya, White-faced and Grey-Backed Storm-Petrels, Soft-plumaged & Grey Petrels, Masatierra Petrel sitting on the deck of our ship, There's been 9 species of albatross so far including Chatham & Sooty Albatross and more! Just to give you an idea of the outstanding potential of seabirds on offer, here is our log from 07:15 - 12;30 of Day 4:

1000+ Sooty Shearwater 
18 Pink-footed Shearwater
1 Manx Shearwater
8 Westland Petrel
34 White-chinned Petrel
64 Westland/White-chinned Petrels
260 Fuegian Storm-Petrel
1 Grey-backed Storm-Petrel…..!!!!!
4 White-faced Storm-Petrel
30 Southern Giant Petrel
6 Northern Giant Petrel
70 Giant Petrel sp.
27 Stejneger’s Petrel
1 Juan Fernandez Petrel
1 Gould’s Petrel 
8 Chilean Skua
2 Common Diving-Petrel
22 Snowy Wandering Albatross 
2 Antipodean Wandering Albatross 
17 Salvin’s Albatross 
147 Black-browed Albatross 
2 Grey-headed Albatross 
6 Southern Royal Albatross 
2 Northern Royal Albatross 
6 Imperial Shag

Currently outside cabins with a window are starting from £1400.00 per person sharing a cabin.

Please email our office to register your interest.    Tour info here - Cape Horn Cruise

Blue-eyed Ground-Dove

Brazil really is the gift that keeps on giving. Our exciting Central Birding adventure aims to fill in the gaps between your other visits to Brazil targetting some of the rarest species on the planet. We will be visiting the seldom-visited states of Tocantins and Minas Gerais in our exploration of the more unknown regions of this fabulous birding destination. Starting in Palmas, we will target Large-billed Antwren, Rusty-fronted Tody-Flycatcher, Chestnut-bellied Guan and more. Moving on to Canguçu Research Center things start to get really interesting as we start our search for Bananal Spinetail, Araguaia Spinetail, Bananal Antbird and Araguaia Cardinal. We will then head to Miranorte and look for Kaempfer’s Woodpecker, a species that was thought to be extinct for 80 years until it was rediscovered in 2006 in Tocantins. Next up is Pfrimer’s Parakeet before we move on to the wonderful Peruaçu National Park and the rare endemics Moustached Woodcreeper, Plain-tailed Nighthawk and White-throated Seedeater, Other endemics here are White-browed Guan, Sombre Hummingbird, Outcrop (Dry Forest) Sabrewing, Great Xenops, Red-shouldered Spinetail, Sao Francisco Black Tyrant and Sao Francisco Sparrow, as well as near-endemics such as Rusty-margined Guan and Sibilant Sirystes. Next up it the Critically Endangered endemic Blue-eyed Ground-Dove, only rediscovered oin 2015. Heading to Serra do Cipó for Cipo Cinclodes, Cipo Canastero and Rock Tapaculo, there's a fine supporting cast such as Hyacinth Visorbearer, Horned Sungem, Checkered Woodpecker, Lesser Grass-Finch, Pale-throated Pampa-Finch, Blue Finch, Streamer-tailed Tyrant, Stripe-tailed Yellow-Finch, Long-tailed Reed-Finch and Cinereous Warbling-Finch. And we'll aim to end our stay here on a high with the superb Diamantina Sabrewing. One of the highlights of our tour is a visit to the Crake Capital of Pompéu, where two brothers have done something remarkable and have seemingly 'tamed' such cryptic and shy species such as Ocellated, Russet-crowned and Grey-breasted Crake, much to the delight of visiting birders. And finally, we will end this fabulous tour at Serra da Canastra National Park, which is home to the much-wanted Brasilian Merganser. Please email our office to register your interest.    Tour info here - CENTRAL BRAZIL 2023

marvelous spatuletail
Marvelous Spatuletail

Northern Peru offers one of those very special places where over 30 northern endemics can be exclusively found, and in addition to these sought-after species we have a chance of 10 more widespread Peruvian endemics as well as numerous Tumbesian and montane specialties that are only found in Northern Peru and Southern Ecuador. Highlights could include such enigmatic birds as Marvellous Spatuletail, Peruvian Plantcutter, White-winged Guan, Scarlet-breasted Fruiteater, Rusty-tinged and Ochre-fronted Antpitta (with luck!), Koepcke's and Cinnamon Screech-Owls, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, 3 species of inca-finch, Royal Sunangel, Lulu's Tody-Tyrant and Marañon Crescentchest. We even have a chance of seeing the mythical Long-whiskered Owlet, a bird seen by relatively few birders but now possible in the Abra Patricia area. The Northern Peru birding circuit keeps getting better and better, with new sites, new trails, and more great new birds to be seen and our 2-week itinerary is specially designed to make the most of this and provides an unique opportunity to explore one of South America's most exciting destinations at as leisurely pace as possible.

Please email our office to register your interest.    Tour info here - EASY NORTHERN PERU

nubian nightjar
Nubian Nightjar


It's not even on the birders map yet but Saudi Arabia provides some awesome birding - and we're off! From the deserts north of Riyadh where Arabian Lark resides to the far south-west mountains, prepare to be amazed by what Saudi has to offer. The main targets in the mountains are  Philby's Partridge, Arabian Woodpecker, Buff-breasted Wheatear, Yemen Thrush, Yemen Warbler, Asir Magpie, Arabian Golden Sparrow, Arabian Waxbill, Arabian Serin, Yemen Serin, Yemen Linnet and Arabian Grosbeak. There's a fine supporting cast such as Goliath heron, Harlequin & Small Buttonquails, White-eyed Gull, White-cheeked & Saunders's Terns, Pharaoh Eagle-Owl, Crab-Plover, Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, Plain, Nubian & Abyssinian Nightjars, Dusky Turtle-Dove, Olive Pigeon, White-browed Coucal, Thick-billed & Rufous-capped Larks, African Stonechat, Black Scrub-Robin, African Pipit, Brown Woodland Warbler, Little Rock-Thrush and many more. We will have a couple of departures to this seldom-visited destination during 2023 - so let's go birding!

Please email our office to register your interest.    Tour info here - SAUDI ARABIA

Arabian grosbeak
Arabian Grosbeak


A one-centre holiday based in Salalah on the Arabian Sea coast with 7 full days birding looking for Arabian Scops Owl, Arabian Eagle-Owl, Desert Owl, Arabian Partridge, Arabian Wheatear, Hypocolius, Arabian (Shining) Sunbird, Arabian Golden-winged Grosbeak and Yemen Serin. Plus a crazy mix of other Western Palearctic, Oriental and African species. There's also a pelagic, a day trip inland for more birds and an option post-tour extension to join us on our recce into sw Saudi Arabia for more Arabian endemics: Philby's Partridge, Arabian Woodpecker, Asir Magpie, Yemen Warbler, Yemen Thrush, Buff-breasted Wheatear, Arabian Golden Sparrow, Arabian Waxbill, Arabian Serin and Arabian Linnet.

Please email our office to register your interest.    Tour info here - OMAN BIRDERS SPECIAL

rustic bunting
Rustic Bunting


We are heading back to the Isles of Scilly this October for another of our famous (or infamous) House Parties! It's going to be prime time migration week and we've got high hopes! Why not join us for all the excitement of the Scillies? We've got a large house booked, all meals included, along with beer and wine in the evenings and it's going to be one heck of a party!

Please email our office to register your interest.    Tour info here - ISLES OF SCILLY

Golden Parakeet


The tour report from this incredibly successful tour is now available to read. There's just too many highlights but nothing really beats the Golden Parakeets (right) we saw at Amazonia National Park. So take a look at the trip report here - Manaus Tour Report 2022


grey-tailed tattler
Grey-tailed Tattler - 1st for Oman

More HOT NEWS from our incredibly successful Oman tour that has just finished. We discovered the 1st Grey-tailed Tattler for this amazing country. It's a common bird across much of Asia, with the closest regular wintering birds being found in Thailand. But it mainly winters from Taiwan, Malay Peninsula and Philippines through Indonesia, New Guinea and Solomon Islands to Australia, with a few reaching New Zealand. So this bird has decided to take the opposite route...! The photo dondoesn't t really do it justice because of the distance at which it was feeding and odd light caused by the setting sun but there's no doubt what it is. Result!

This is the third tour we have run to Oman in 3 months and we found the 1st Banded Martin, 1st Grey-tailed Tattler, 7th Blyth's Reed Warbler and 4th Dalmatian Pelican. Not too shabby! And we just can't wait to return in November this year. Who knows what we will find?


Scotland Birding Group
Scotland Birding Group

What a week we had in Scotland! There was  White-winged Scoter, drake King Eider, flocks of Velvet Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks, Black Grouse lekking, Parrot, Common and Scottish Crossbills, flocks of Barnacle Geese, delightful Crested Tits, Red Squirrels and so much more. Add to this fantastic scenery and a great place to stay. Oh yes, the long winter evenings were enlivened by slideshows, quizzes and copious amounts of food and drink. Probably doing a quiz during cocktail evening was a mistake I grant you but it was so much fun!  We had a truly fabulous time and we all left a little heavier from the great meals provided by Lynzi & Carol. Thank you to everyone who took part and has supported myself and Zoothera all these years. Hopefully the world will return to normal in 2022 and we can all travel safely once more.

We will repeat the success of this trip again in the future. Maybe in Norfolk (winter) or Cornwall (October) or Yorkshire (in September) so more people can sample the famous Zoothera hospitality.... and great birding too! Stay tuned........

saint lucia warbler
Saint Lucia Warbler

Season's Greetings! With festivities well underway, what better way to hit the ground running in 2022 than a week at our private villa in Saint Lucia. Following this successful format from the Scillies, Cyprus & Scotland, we offer a 5 bedroom private villa complete with swimming pool, full a/c in every bedroom, large gardens including an acre of lush, tropical rainforest, our very own cook and copious amounts of rum! The emphasis is on a relaxing week away in the sunshine, with daily excursions to look for the Saint Lucia endemics: Saint Lucia Warbler, Saint Lucia Pewee, Saint Lucia Black Finch, Saint Lucia Parrot and Saint Lucia Oriole. In addition, we should also see Mangrove Cuckoo, Lesser Antillean Swift, Short-tailed Swift, Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Purple-throated Carib, Green-throated Carib, Lesser Antillean Flycatcher, Caribbean Elaenia, Caribbean Martin, Grey Trembler, White-breasted Thrasher, Scaly-breasted Thrasher, Pearly-eyed Thrasher, Rufous-throated Solitaire, Bare-eyed Robin, Black-whiskered Vireo, Antillean Euphonia, Black-faced Grassquit, Lesser Antillean Saltator, and Lesser Antillean Bullfinch amongst others. There's also a whale watching boat trip and plenty of time to relax and enjoy our surroundings. This is a last-minute trip but why not? Flights with TUI are currently £340 return inc 20kgs luggage allowance. If this little Caribbean getaway floats your boat, then please email us on [email protected]. This tour is only for a small group of 7 people at an all inclusive cost of £1995 per person plus flights. So let's go birding!   TOUR INFO

Our Oman group have just had amazing views of a calling Desert Owl.....

Grey Hypocolius
Banded Martin

On a scouting trip prior to our Oman tour at the end of November, we discovered a Banded Martin feeding amongst a congregation of over 5,000 Barn Swallows at Sawhnaut Farm, Salalah. This constitutes the 1st record for Oman. On top of that we also found the 7th Blyth's Reed Warbler for Oman as well. 

 We will be posting new dates for November 2022 soon. Please email our office to register your interest.  

You can have a look at Nick's trip[ repor here - Oman Nov 2021 Tour Report

 Tour info here - Oman Birding Adventure Info

southern royal albatross
Southern Royal Albatross

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! 

There are also 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! And there are pre and post cruise extensions in Chile and Argentina to add even more variety to what promises to be a crazy birdlist.

Please email our office to register your interest. And remember you don't have to pay Zoothera a deposit, just the cruise company.
Tour info here - Cape Horn Cruise Info

Grey Hypocolius
Grey Hypocolius

OMAN BIRDING ADVENTURE: 29th Nov - 12th Dec 2021 and 5th - 18th Feb 2022
From 22nd September 2021 Oman will be removed from the UK's Red List and with this in mind we are offering an exciting 2 week tour. There's a mouth-watering and diverse selection of birds available with a mix of Palearctic, Oriental and Afrotropical species including Jouanin's Petrel, Arabian Partridge, Spotted, Crowned & Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, Crab Plover, Sooty Gull, Saunders's Tern, Pallid Scops Owl, Arabian Scops Owl, Omani Owl, Desert Owl, Arabian Eagle Owl, Arabian, Hume's & Persian Wheatears, Forbes-Watson's Swift, Asian Dunn's Lark, Arabian Babbler, Plain Leaf Warbler, Grey Hypocolius, Nile Valley Sunbird, Arabian Babbler, Arabian Golden-winged Grosbeak and Yemen Serin. 

Please email our office to register your interest.    Tour info here - Oman Birding Adventure Info

connecticut warbler
Connecticut Warbler

If you fancy a little light reading then why not check out two new trip reports from Nick's month-long journey across Mexico and the USA in June/July this year. Just click on the links below.

Mexico Coast to Coast Trip Report

Epic Mid-West USA Clean-Up trip Report


SCOTLAND in WINTER: 21st - 26th NOVEMBER 2021
Well our Scotland trip is back on! And we are looking forward to our 10th Anniversary Scotland in Winter tour in November this year (we are like the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.... just a year late!) Why not join us for some great birding from our base in Grantown-on-Spey, visiting various sites in the highlands as well as the Moray coast and we'll also go to the west coast for a fantastic day out as well. Evenings will be fun with a whiskey tasting night, a cocktail night that may well be extended to every night, and some surprise guests giving talks. We've added a twist to the tour by departing in a minibus from our base in Staffordshire and driving to Caerlaverock for a winter wildfowl spectacular and staying in a hotel the first night. We're hoping there's a rarity to twitch either on the drive up to Scotland or on our return journey south. By staying in a huge 10-bedroom house and bringing our own cook we can ensure a perfectly safe time so we can concentrate on birding. In these difficult times we are all rethinking about our desire to travel without compromising our health and safety, so our Scotland tour just seems to fit the bill. It's going to be a right hoot! You can see full tour info here - Scottish Highlands in Winter Tour 2021.

gambel's quail
Gambel's Quail

If you haven't already noticed, our New Mexico tour in January 2022 now has a pre-tour extension to Minnesota for wintering owls and other specialities. The emphasis is on quality with Boreal, Snowy, Northern Hawk and Great Grey Owls the main targets, but there's so much more with Spruce, Ruffed and Sharp-tailed Grouse, Black-backed Woodpecker, Canada Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Evening & Pine Grosbeaks and more! Plus, there's the option to head over to west Texas and take a boat ride to see stunning Whooping Cranes as well. It is looking increasingly likely that the USA will open up to fully vaccinated travellers in the next couple of months, so this could be a great tour to kick-start our overseas birding adventures after a long wait.

You can see full tour info here - New Mexico Winter Birding Tour Info 

chesatnut-sided shrike-vireo
Chestnut-sided Shrike-Vireo

Mexico provides many fantastic birding opportunities and none more so than West Mexico. Not only is it safe but the coastal areas of Mazatlan, San Blas and Puerto Vallarta are 'very western' with a large population of American citizens either living there or spending large chunks of the year there. Infrastructure is generally very good and there are many new highways, cutting down on travelling times. Oh and the food..... yes, it's amazing! And the Mexican authorities seem to have a much better handle on Covid than the UK authorities - mask wearing, social distancing and hygiene are observed by everyone. It's just about one of the safest country to travel to right now. Honest. We were there for 2 weeks in June and encountered no problems. And there's no special entry requirements to enter the country either. But the birding is what we're going for right? 350 - 400 species including 60+ endemics in a little over 2 weeks, pleasant weather, boat trips, flocks of birds. It really is a perfect destination right now. Take a look at our tour itinerary here: West Mexico 2021 itinerary

You can also read our Mexico: Coast to Coast Tour Report from June 2021 here - Mexico Trip Report 2021

Long-wattled Umbrellabird
Long-wattled Umbrellabird

NW ECUADOR - CHOCO ENDEMICS TOUR  2021:  10th Oct - 23rd Oct 2021
There has been some recent indications that Ecuador will be upgraded to the Green List from w/c 20th September 2021. If that is true, then we are good to go! Ecuador has been adopting a very stringent vaccine philosophy and it has been one of the most proactive countries in South America in that regard. If you are ready for your first overseas birding adventure since the pandemic began, then this could just be the tour for you. We will be staying in carefully selected hotels and remote lodges in search of a mouth-watering selection of Chocó endemics and other extremely localised specialities. This is the traditional Ecuador tour with a twist, as you may well be familiar with a few locations at the start of the tour such as Angel Paz's Reserve and Yanacocha. But we quickly move on to Mashpi, Kapari, 23 de Junio Community, Playa de Oro Reserve, Alto Tambo and Chical Road. This route gives us a fantastic opportunity to see many rare birds that aren't seen on other tours and it's sure to be an exciting journey. To get to the remote lodge in the Playa de Oro Reserve requires a 90-minute boat ride into the wilderness! And just to whet the appetite, some of the species we could encounter include Rufous-headed Chachalaca, Brown Woodrail, Chocó Toucan, Chocó Screech-Owl, Lita Woodpecker, Black-tipped Cotinga, Long-wattled Umbrellabird (right),  Barred Puffbird, Brown-billed Scythebill, Blue-whiskered, Scarlet-browed, Golden-chested and Scarlet-and-white Tanagers amongst many others. Wouldn't it be great to go birding overseas again? Let's go birding!

See tour itinerary here - NW Ecuador Tour Info

birding group
Those were the days!

Well, the world is moving on and slowly opening up. The future of birding tours remains uncertain and possibly only for the brave-hearted in the imminent future, but there is hope. What is apparent is that it is necessary to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to go anywhere with any safety from now on, and yet there are places to go and feel relatively safe. CYPRUS is one of these places and we have designed a series of shorter breaks in Aug/Sept and December. Failing that, the USA has everything we need to have a fun and bird-filled trip so we are planning a CALIFORNIA trip in September,  just as long as the borders  open up as promised. And our NEW MEXICO tour in January 2022 is filling up, especially as we've added a pre-tour extension to Minnesota for wintering specialities and there's also an option to visit west Texas for Whooping Cranes now as well . If you'd like to register your interest please email our office. We've also got a NW ECUADOR tour ready to go in October, and this South American country has been doing better than most other countries in the region, so possibly it will be going to Amber soon? On the domestic front we have new dates for SCOTLAND  (Sunday 21st - Friday 26th November).

As you can see we have tried to be proactive and add tours 'as and when' the rules change. it isn't easy but you can see what we have tried to do, with the emphasis on a safety first approach. That is why we have decided to use private villas in Cyprus and a huge, 10-bedded house in Scotland. We will also help with all of the added Covid requirements needed to get on the plane, from filling out forms to arranging Covid tests. It needn't be daunting and we will look after you every step of the way.

Things are  changing constantly, as countries are dropped off the Red List and upgraded to Amber & Green, and we will continue to monitor the situation and provide tour options for anyone keen on travelling overseas again. Watch this space!

Monteiro's Storm Petrel

This is a quick 'heads up' about some exciting news for July 2021. We will be running 3 pelagics in the Azores on 27th, 28th & 29th July looking for one of the rarest Western Palearctic seabirds - Monteiro's Storm-Petrel that breeds on a few small islets just off the island of Graciosa. We will, of course be hoping for a Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel as well - well you have to aim high right? But we will undoubtedly see large numbers of Cory's Shearwaters, a few Bulwer's Petrels, Sooty Tern and who knows what else could be lurking.....
Now that common sense prevails and Portugal has been taken off the Red List we really hope this tour will go ahead. No deposits are required for this, or any tour at present, just email us to express your interest.
See here for full details: Azores Pelagics 

Red-breasted Flycatcher
Red-breasted Flycatcher

With the whole Covid-19 pandemic it has obviously not been possible to travel for many months. Our last tour was in October to the Isles of Scilly. We had a great week and enjoyed some good 'old-fashioned' birding with many a twitch thrown in. The undoubted highlight was an American Buff-bellied Pipit on St Agnes, but our group also enjoyed a 3-bunting day on St Mary's with Little, Lapland and Snow Buntings, and other highlights included an obliging Red-breasted Flycatcher, American Golden Plover, several Yellow-browed Warblers, Iceland Gull, Short-eared Owl and more! 

golden eagle
Golden Eagle

NEW TOUR: Scotland in Winter. We have yet another brand new post Covid-19 tour, part of our 'getting back to birding' range - this one we hope to be able to run in November 2020. And we will combine this with our celebration of our 10th Anniverary of operating exciting birding tours around the world! We have a huge 10-bedroom house in Grantown-on-Spey from where we explore the highlands for Capercaillie, Crested Tit, Ptarmigan, Black Grouse, Scottish & Parrot Crossbills etc. Excursions to the Moray coast will be made for rafts of seaducks and Otters, whilst the west coast can give us White-tailed Eagle and more spectacular scenery. There are huge goose roosts with tens of thousands of Pink-foots coming into Findhorn Bay to roost daily and very often rarer geese in amongst them, with a strong supporting cast of wintering waders providing quite a spectacle. We have 6 full days to get the best out of the highlands, but that's not all. As it's our 10th Anniversary, we have arranged a series of talks for the evenings, slide shows, a cocktail evening, a whiskey tasting session, and a few surprises. Our own cook will arrange some great meals and is all part of our desire to run a birding tour as safely as possible in the current climate. There's cheap direct flights from most UK airports to Inverness and we'll pick you up too! It promises to be a great, fun week choc full of great British birds, set amidst the wildest landscape imaginable, oh and we'll throw in the booze each evening too! So why not join our Scottish house party and let's go birding!
You can see full tour info here - Scottish Highlands in Winter Tour 2020.

Tenerife Blue Chaffinch
Tenerife Blue Chaffinch

We have another brand new post Covid-19 tour, part of our 'getting back to birding' range - this one we hope to be able to run in September 2020. This tour visits the Canary Islands of Tenerife (3 nights), La Gomera, Gran Canaria (2 nights) and Fuerteventura (3 nights). We are , once again, looking to stay in large, private villas on Tenerife and Fuerteventura, but on Gran Canaria we've got a superb little hotel lined up that's all inclusive and perfect for our needs. Oh and the Canary Islands have been relatively unscathed by Covid-19, and is one of the safest places to be in Europe right now! So we will be looking for the Macaronesian specialities and Canary Island endemics such as Bolle's and Laurel Pigeons, Canary Islands Stonechat, Berthelot's Pipit, Tenerife Blue Chaffinch, the recently split Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch, Canary Islands Chiffchaff, Plain Swift and Atlantic Canary. There's also Houbara Bustard, Cream-coloured Courser, Black-bellied Sandgrouse, African Blue Tit, Trumpeter Finch and others. A ferry ride to La Gomera can add a few seabirds too. You can see full tour info here - Canary Islands 2020.

golden-backed mountain-tanager
Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager

NEW TOUR: Central Peru  September 2021
We've sneeked another new tour into our programme for next year, this time to the endemic-rich region of Central Peru. You might have already visited the north for spatuletail etc, and been to the amazing Manu, but the bit in between has more endemics. It's not an easy tour but the rewards (as they say) are extremely rewarding as we visit Lake Junin, Bosque Unchog, Huascaran National Park, the famous Satipo Road, Marcapomacocha and Santa Eulalia Valley for a mouthwatering list of really crazy, rare, endemic and extremely localised birds. And even a few as yet undescribed species too! How about seeing this awesome Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager (right)? And there's also Junin Grebe, Junin (Black) Rail, Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Cloud-forest Screech-Owl, Bay and Chestnut Antpittas, White-cheeked and Bay-vented Cotingas, Pardusco, Rufous-browed Warbling-Finch, Black-spectacled Brushfinch, Rufous-backed Inca-Finch and so much more.  See the full itinerary here - Central Peru 2021.

zino's Petrel
Zino's Petrel

NEW TOUR: Azores & Madeira  12th-22nd August 2020.
It looks like the UK is about to adopt an 'air bridge' between Portugal and UK meaning you won't have to quarantine on return to the UK after the tour has finished. Madeira is currently one of the safest place to be and there have been ZERO reported fatalities linked to Covid-19. But we are going to do something a little different, just like on our recently posted Isles of Scilly tour for October 2020, and use a large villa where our group will be the only occupants. It's out in the country and away from everyone and we will have our own cook to prepare fresh meals every day. This way we can control the social distancing measures, maintain hygiene standards and we think this is the only way to run a birding tour safely right now. We will have 3 pelagics looking for Desertas, Zino's and Bulwer's Petrels, Madeiran and Wilson's Storm-Petrels, possibly Barolo's Shearwater, Great and Cory's Shearwaters and hopefully White-faced Storm-Petrel will appear too. We will do a night-time excursionto experience the sounds of a Zino's Petrel breeding colony high up in the mountains and look for the land-based endemics and specialities such as Trocaz Pigeon, Atlantic Canary, Berthelot's Pipit, Plain Swift and Madeiran Firecrest. We will have some time off to rest between pelagics and excursions, enjoy some fine wine and local beers over dinner and are pretty much guaranteed to have an extremely enjoyable birding holiday. Plus, we have added 3 islands of the Azores archipeligo into our itinerary now as we take 2 pelagics in search of Monteiro's Storm-Petrel, Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel and Barolo Shearwater.  Sound good right?  See the full itinerary here - Azores and Madeira Seabirds Adventure itinerary.

southern royal albatross
Helmet Vanga

During the Covid-19 crisis there's no need to pay a deposit for any future tour. Just email [email protected] to express your interest and we will hold your place until we are sure the tour can safely go ahead. 

southern royal albatross
King Penguins by Tracey Lambert

NEW TOUR! We are delighted to announce, in association with our partners from Princess Cruises, a brand new tour. Hop on board a full, working cruise ship as we sail from Santiago, Chile around Cape Horn to Buenos Aires via the Falkland Islands. There are so many amazing seabirds to find in the southern oceans and we know how problematical it can be doing a small-boat pelagic, so we have come up with the answer! Let's set our scopes up on the stable deck and scan for up to 3 species of Wandering Albatross, Northern & Southern Royal Albatross, Yellow-nosed, Black-browed, Grey-headed, Buller's and Salvin's Albatross, Southern & Northern Giant Petrel, Soft-plumaged Petrel, Juan Fernandez Petrel, Slender-billed Prion, Westland Petrel, Cape Verde Shearwater, Pincoya & Grey-backed Storm-Petrels, Peruvian, Common and Magellanic Diving-Petrels and more! There are 7 land-based excursions we have arranged to look for Elegant Crested Tinamou, Lesser Rhea, King, Gentoo & Magellanic Penguins, Imperial Cormorant, Falkland, Flightless & Flying Steamer-Ducks, Snowy Sheathbill, South American Painted Snipe, Magellanic Plover, Tawny-throated & Rufous-chested Dotterels, Magellanic Woodpecker, White-bridled Finch and many others! This is also an ideal tour to bring a non-birding partner who can enjoy all the amenities of a full working cruise ship - there's no Zoothera fee, just pay for the cabin starting from £1,399.00                                    To see the full tour itinerary  - Cape Horn & Straits of Magellan Pelagic Cruise Info

black-headed jay
Black-headed Jay

Our Classic Himalayas tour 29th November - 10th December visiting Corbett National Park, Nainital, Sat Tal and Pangot still has a few spaces. This is a classic birding tour visiting many of our favourite Indian sites where we will be entertained by some great birds, numerous mixed-feeding flocks that will blow your mind and the odd surprise or two! We will be on the lookout for Cheer Pheasant, Pallas's and Lesser Fish-Eagles, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper, Collared Falconet, Great Slaty, Scaly-bellied & Himalayan Woodpeckers, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Himalayan Rubythroat, Upland Pipit, Altai and Black-throated Accentors, Pink-browed Rosefinch and so much more. Oh and let's not forget there's a very real chance of seeing a Tiger too! Let's go birding! You can see the full tour itinerary here - Classic Himalayas tour


We are preparing a new tour for 2021 - Australia: Cape York & New Caledonia. This promises to be a little bit different as we drive from Cairns into the Iron Range enabling us to visit a variety of habitats in this northernmost part of Australia such as  mangroves, heathland, rainforest, vine forest, savannah and wetlands. We will be looking for species such as Rufous OwlPalm Cockatoo, Marbled FrogmouthYellow-billed Kingfisher, Fawn-breasted and Great Bowerbirds, Trumpet Manucode, Green-backed Honeyeater and the Cape York endemics such as Golden-shouldered Parrot, Frill-necked Monarch, White-streaked Honeyeater, Northern Scrub-Robin and more. Moving on to New Caledonia we will base ourselves on the island of Grande Terre where we can find the enigmatic Kagu (right), as well as species endemics & specialities such  as Horned Parakeet, New Caledonian Parakeet, Cloven-feathered Dove, New Caledonian Imperial Pigeon, New Caeldonian Myzomela, Grey-eared Honeyeater, New Caledonian Friarbird, Crow Honeyeater, New Caledonian Cuckooshrike, New Caledonian Crow, Yellow-bellied Flyrobin, Green-backed White-eye and Striated Starling. New Caledonian Thicketbird will take some searching, but we'll try! We will also make day trips to Lifou and Ouvea in the Loyalty Islands for the island specialties such as Ouvea Parakeet, Large Lifou White-eye and Small Lifou White-eye, as well as Cardinal Myzomela & Melanesian Flycatcher amongst others. We will also do take an exploratory pelagic for species such as Tahiti Petrel, Black-winged Petrel, Gould's Petrel, and hopefully New Caledonian Storm-Petrel. Who knows what we will find?  Currently there are just 6 spaces available.

Full tour info will be available soon - see here for basic info
You can register your interest for this tour by emailing us at:  [email protected]

black-fronted bushshrike
Black-fronted Bushshrike

We have just added a brand new tour to Tanzania for June this year. The current health scare situation in China may well put some people off going there, so we have added a trip to the  East and West Usambara Mountains as an alternative. We will also visit the South Pare Mountains, Arusha National Park, Tarangire and the Lark Plains in search of a wide variety of scarce, local and endemic species. Species such as Spot-throat, Usambara Ground-Robin, Sharpe's Akalat, Fullerborn's Boubou, Usambara Thrush, Beesley's Lark, Kretschmer's Longbill, Amani Sunbird, Usambara Weaver and much more. And it is Africa, so there will probably be some mammals too!

One of the major reasons for going to Yunnan is to see the charismatic Red-tailed Laughingthrush. The good news is that is is rather common and easily seen at several locations.

You can see more tour videos on our Tour Video Page.

slender-billed scimitar-babbler
Slender-billed Scimitar-Babbler

Our Yunnan tour is rocking! Zixi Shan was a great place to start with Yunnan & Giant Nuthatches and Spectacled Fulvetta all showing well. The hides at Baihualing were phenomenal this year with such iconic birds as Mrs Hume's Pheasant, Hill Partridge, Mountain Bamboo-Partridge, Moustached Laughingthrush (right), Slender-billed Scimitar-Babbler, Grey-bellied Wren-Babbler, Himalayan Thrush (right), White's Thrush, numerous Long-tailed Thrushes,  Chestnut-headed Tesia, Scarlet Finch, and so much more! When you consider there can be 40 species being seen from each hide then the experience is quite breathtaking. The tour moved on to Laifengshan where Slender-billed Oriole and flocks of Tibetan Serins were see. Nabang was also quite good with Jerdon's Baza, Pale-headed Woodpecker seen well, Grey-headed,  Rufous-headed and Pale-billed Parrotbills, and even a pair of Ibisbill. The new hotspot of Hongbenghe exceeded all expectations and from the hides we saw Blue-naped and Rusty-naped Pittas, 2 Grey Peacock-Pheasants, Spot-breasted and Grey-sided Laughingthrushes, numerous Red-billed and Coral-billed Scimitar-Babblers, Silver-breasted Broadbill, and so much more. Yunnan continues to delight and enthrall in equal measure, providing unparallelled opportunities to observe some of Asia's rarest and shyest species at close quarters. See our next Yunnan tour itinerary here - Yunnan 2021.

We are busy uploading a series of videos from our recent Yunnan tour. You can see more on our Tour Video page or on our YouTube site. As a taster, here's a short video of a cracking Grey Peacock-Pheasant we took during the tour from one of the amazing feeding stations at Hongbenghe. You can also view our next Yunnan tour here - Yunnan 2021

puerto rican woodpecker
Puerto Rican Woodpecker

We are preparing a new tour to the Caribbean hotspots of Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic as we have had a number of requests to run this endemic-rich tour. Although the full itinerary isn't finalised as yet, if you are provisionally interested then please let our office know and we will advise you of the full details before the tour going live on our website. But what an adventure this promises to be! We will begin in Puerto Rico (18 endemics) and then fly the short distance to the Dominican Republic (32 endemics), and will also offer an optional extension to Jamaica (28 endemics). So in all we will be hoping for over 70 endemics, along with many more widespread Caribbean specialities. For bird family collectors, there are five important bird families - Palmchat (Dominican Republic), Tody (2 sp on Dominican Republic, 1 on Puerto Rico and 1 on Jamaica), Spindalis (1 on each island), Puerto Rican Tanager (Puerto Rico) and Hispaniolan Tanager (only found on Dominican Republic). See tour info here: Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic 

wilson's bird-of-paradise
Wilson's Bird-of-Paradise

By popular demand we have just added a second departure to West Papua in September 2020. This is a carefully designed 14 day tour specifically to see as many Birds-of-Paradise as possible without the need for long, tough hikes and by staying in the best accommodation available. And there's definitely no camping! Our itinerary visits Nimbokrang, Arfak Mountains and Waigeo utilising some really good hotels with excellently located homestays. For an opportunity to see the stunning Wilson's Bird-of-Paradise, as well as Red Bird-of-Paradise, Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise, Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise, Papuan Frogmouth, Shovel-billed Kingfisher, Pale-billed Sicklebill, Western Parotia, Masked Bowerbird, Papuan Pitta, Hooded Pitohui, Long-tailed Paradigalla and so many more endemic and rare species: See here for full tour itinerary.

undulated antpitta
Undulated Antpitta

Our Colombia - Andes & Santa Marta tour has just finished with over 550 species seen including 12 antpittas and 70 hummingbirds amongst a mouth-watering selection of other iconic South American birds. Our tour followed a special route across the majestic Andes beginning with a number of sites around Bogota seeing Bogota Rail, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Blue-throated and Golden-bellied Starfrontlet, Coppery-bellied Puffleg, Rufous-browed Conebill, Silvery-throated Spinetail, White-chinned Thistletail, Spillmann's Tapaculo, Plushcap, and more! Moving on to Otun-Quimbaya we were treated to Colombian Screech-Owl, Hooded & Moustached Antpittas, and Multicoloured Tanager for some. Montezuma and the fabled forests of Tatama National Park held numerous flocks with such iconic birds as Orange-breasted Fruiteater, Gold-ringed, Purplish-Mantled, Rufous-throated & Black-and-gold Tanagers, Chestnut-bellied Flowerpiercer, Munchique Wood Wren, Olive Finch, Crested Ant-Tanager etc. The hummer feeders at the lodge were mind-boggling with Rufous-gaped Hillstar, Green Thorntail and Empress Brilliant being stand-out birds. Rio Blanco was next up and lived up to all of our expectations with Bicoloured, Brown-banded, Chestnut-crowned, Slate-crowned, and a major surprise in an awesome Undulated Antpitta all being seen at incredibly close range. The endemic Buffy Helmetcrest at Nevado del Ruiz followed, and then we visited yet more antpitta feeding stations where Rufous and the super-scarce Crescent-faced Antpitta showed incredibly well. We also birded Jardin for Yellow-eared Parrot, explored Barranquilla and the Guijara Peninsula for a suite of very localised birds before reaching the fabled Santa Marta Mountains. It just doesn't get much better than cracking views of Rusty-breasted Antpitta and Santa Marta Antpitta here although there's so much more to see here and Santa Marta Woodstar & Santa Marta Blossomcrown were also seen well. What a tour and if you fancy joining us in 2020 then please let our office know - see Colombia: Andes & Santa Marta 2020 itinerary 

View our full Colombia tour report

You can get the full story of this iconic tour on the Zoothera Blog at: and see our Colombia photo gallery here - Colombia 2019 Photo Gallery

lesser florican
Lesser Florican

Our Monsoon India tour was a resounding success and seeing Lesser Florican displaying has to be one of the most amazing sights in nature. The group watched this individual for an hour as it sprang into the air, stretched its wings, tossed its head back, fluffed up its feathers and then dropped to the ground like a stone. It did this numeous times as the group watched - an amazing sight. There was also Rock Bush Quail and Rain Quail in the same area too. The previous day a Leopard was seen, along with Sind Sparrow, several Indian Pittas, 5 day roosting Jungle Nightjars, nesting Black-breasted Weavers and Striated Babbler. Moving on to Kashmir there was Kashmir Flycatcher, Kashmir Nutcracker, Kashmir and White-cheeked Nuthatches, Black-and-yellow Grosbeak, Variegated Laughingthrush, Scaly-bellied and Himalayan Woodpeckers and many other great birds. Our Ladakh extension was amazing with up to 100 Tibetan Sandgrouse surrounding our car at one point. We even found a pair with 2 recently fledged chicks. Other great birds included Tibetan Snowcock, Black-necked Crane, Ground-Tit, Great Rosefinch, Brown Accentor and both Blanford's & Black-winged Snowfinches. You can see photos from this tour here: Monsoon India Gallery

snow leopard
Snow Leopard

NEW TOUR! By popular demand we have added a brand new tour to search for the most magnificent predator on the planet - Snow Leopard. Our Ladakh tour ventures into the heart of Hemis National Park in Ladakh, India and we will spend a week camping in one of the remotest areas you can imagine as we search for the Grey Ghost. We'll have a full ground crew to look after our every need, expert trackers to help us locate this most elusive beast, and all we ask is that you have a reasonable level of fitness to hike to the various watchpoints at over 12,000 feet! This is going to be a true adventure and from experience, there's no bigger thrill than when you first lay eyes on this beautiful cat. There are birds as well of course, with Tibetan Partridge, Himalayan Snowcock, Wallcreeper, White-browed Tit-Warbler, Robin Accentor and both Streaked and Great Rosefinches all present. We will finish a spectacular tour at Tso Kar searching for Tibetan Sandgrouse, Ground-Tit and Blanford's Snowfinch amidst yet more stunning scenery. We can't wait! See here for our Snow Leopard Tour Itinerary.

bengal tiger
Bengal Tiger

NEW TOURS! Northern India provides an incredible birding adventure that is almost unparallelled across Asia for the diversity of birds and mammals on offer. Our take on this popular tour is very different to anything else you will see, as this obviously lends itself to two shorter tours. We have designed two back-to-back tours visiting all of the major birding sites and it is possible to do just one or both. Our Northern India tour visits Ranthambhore, Bharatpur, Agra and Chambal River. Highlights include Indian Skimmer, Painted Spurfowl, Indian Courser, Brooks's Leaf Warbler, Sind Sparrow and Tiger. Our Classic Himalayas tour heads up to Corbett National Park, Nainital & Sat Tal. We will be on the lookout for Cheer Pheasant, Pallas's Fish-Eagle, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper, Scaly-bellied & Himalayan Woodpeckers, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush and Pink-browed Rosefinch amongst others. Let's go birding!

Wire-tailed Manakin
Wire-tailed Manakin

NEW TOUR! We have changed our Amazonian Brazil tour for July 2020. Visiting the bird-rich forests and rivers around Manaus, our itinerary takes in the best of Brazil's Amazon. The list of potential species is huge with a long list of 'Who's Who' including iconic species such as Agami Heron, Harpy Eagle, Amazonian Umbrellabird and others. But just take a look at our West Amazon - Manaus to see more. For a taster just a few of the awsome birds on offer includes Dark-winged Trumpeter, Zigzag Heron, Black-spotted Barbet, Varzea Piculet, Black-necked Red Cotinga, Crimson Fruitcrow, Alta Floresta Antpitta, White-plumed and Harlequin Antbirds, Reddish-winged Bare-eye, Black and Wire-tailed Manakins, Chestnut-belted Gnateater, Pelzeln's Tody-Tyrant, Dusky Purpletuft, Dotted Tanager and much more. See here for full tour itinerary

Sokoke Scops-Owl
Sokoke Scops-Owl

NEW TOUR.  We have just added a new tour to Coastal Kenya in 2020, visiting Amboseli, Tsavo West National Park, Taita Hills, Shimba Hills, Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, and Tsavo East National Park. There's an amazing variety of birds to see here including Crab Plover, Madagascar Pratincole, African Skimmer, Sokoke Scops-Owl, Sokoke, Malindi and Golden Pipits, Four-coloured Bush-Shrike, Pangani Longclaw, Taita Thrush, Taita White-eye, Yellow-throated Wood Warbler, East Coast Akalat, Retz's Helmet-Shrike, Taita Apalis, Black-bellied Starling and much more. Of course there will be plenty of mammals as well to keep the excitement ticking over and we can only hope for a sighting of African Wild Dog or Caracal, as well as all the usual mammals one would expect such as Lion, Cheetah and Leopard etc.  A feature of this tour will be the great lodges we stay at throughout the tour and, in particular, we are looking forward to staying at Shimba Hills Lodge which has a large waterhole viewable from all the rooms here. We can expect great food and have excellent local guides to show us the best of this fascinating country. So we guarantee an exciting ride full of spectacular birds and animals - in fact it's the perfect African safari-birding tour.  

Wilson's Bird-of-Paradise

NEW TOUR! We have just added a new tour to West Papua in 2020. This is a carefully designed 14 day tour specifically to see as many Birds-of-Paradise as possible without the need for long, tough hikes and by staying in the best accommodation available. And there's definitely no camping! Our itinerary visits Nimbokrang, Arfak Mountains and Waigeo utilising some really good hotels with excellently located homestays. For an opportunity to see the stunning Wilson's Bird-of-Paradise, as well as Red Bird-of-Paradise, Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise, Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise, Papuan Frogmouth, Shovel-billed Kingfisher, Pale-billed Sicklebill, Western Parotia, Masked Bowerbird, Papuan Pitta, Hooded Pitohui, Long-tailed Paradigalla and so many more endemic and rare species: See here for full tour itinerary.


TOUR UPDATE. We have just had a flurry of bookings on our fantastic Uganda tour in July this year and it is now a guaranteed departure. This amazing destination has some incredible birds and wildlife with Shoebill, African Green Broadbill, Green-breasted Pitta, Gorilla and Chimpanzee the stand-out and undoubted stars of the tour. But there's so much more to see as we explore Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Lake Mburo, Mabamba Swamp and other sites. Our expert local guide Paul is among the best guides you will ever meet anywhere in Africa and you are guaranteed to have a great time. See here for full tour itinerary.

Nick has returned from NE Brazil where an amazing time was had by a great, fun group led by Ciro Albano. With 409 species seen, including 89 endemics it was definitely a quality tour. The Zoothera Blog is up and running and we are already taking bookings for our NE Brazil 2021 tour now. Our tour is devoted to seeing many of the regions spectacular endemics and highly sought-after species such as the incredible Araripe Manakin, Lear’s Macaw, Great Xenops, Scarlet-throated Tanager, Slender Antbird, Hooded Visorbearer, Banded Cotinga and Pink-legged Graveteiro. The region is characterised by humid Atlantic rainforests on the coast, and endless rolling hills with dramatic canyons called the Caatinga. The Caatinga is home to a dry thorny forest with areas of more open grassland. It has its own special suite of endemic species that we will enjoy looking for on our many days of spectacular birding. With only 200 birds in the wild it is here that we will find the endangered Lear’s Macaw quietly feeding on palm trees, while Atlantic forest and woodlands at Boa Nova with thick vine tangles and terrestrial bromeliads hold some of South America’s most endangered species. We will also visit the Serra da Diamantina National Park at Lencois to explore some higher elevation habitats before heading back to the coast. A final visit to some mangroves and an area of cerrado will complete our tour of this complex yet fascinating region. Our local guide Ciro Albano has an unsurpassed knowledge of this region and an enviable reputation for success and finding the target species and we are sure this very special tour will meet the highest of expectations. We are also planning a Manaus & Amazonia tour to Brazil in July next year, so keep an eye out for the itinerary that is coming soon!