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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.  See here for full tour itinerary.

Lesser Florican

KASHMIR & RAJASTHAN JULY 2019  Our summer tour to see displaying Lesser Floricans is now a guaranteed departure and Nick Bray is looking forward to leading this small-group tour to one of his favourite countries. As well as seeing the much-wanted florican there's also a great chance to see Bristled Grassbird, Rain Quail, Rock Bush-Quail, Indian Eagle Owl and Leopard before heading into the Kashmir Hills for a whole new range of species. We will be looking for Kashmir Nutcracker,  Kashmir and White-cheeked Nuthatches, Rufous-naped Tit, Kashmir Flycatcher, Variegated Laughingthrush, Tytler's Leaf Warbler, Black-and-yellow Grosbeak, Pink-browed Rosefinch and Spectacled Finch amongst others. An optional extension to Tso Kar in Ladakh is also offered as this is the best place in the world to see Tibetan Sandgrouse, which are usually present in good numbers. Also here are Black-necked Crane, Ground-Tit and both Tibetan & Blanford's Snowfinch. See here for full tour itinerary.

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.

Wire-tailed Manakin

NEW TOUR! We have just added our Ultimate Amazonia tour for July 2020. Visiting Manaus, Rio Azul Lodge and Amazonia National Park 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 Ultimate Amazonia Tour Intro to see more. For a taster just a few of the awsome birds on offer includes Dark-winged Trumpeter, Zigzag Heron, Vulturine and Bald Parrots, Golden Parakeet, Red-necked Aracari, Tapajos Hermit, Varzea Piculet, Black-necked Red Cotinga, Alta Floresta Antpitta, Harlequin Antbird, Pale-faced Bare-eye, Black and Snow-capped Manakins, Pelzeln's Tody-Tyrant, Dusky Purpletuft, Dotted Tanager and much more. See here for full tour itinerary.

We have just had a cancellation on our August Colombia Highlights tour that includes a visit to the endemic-rich Santa Marta mountains. This is the classic Colombia tour with the typical Zoothera twist as we add a few differnt sites as well. There's so many great birds with chances of Santa Marta Screech-Owl, Bogota Rail, Blossomcrown, Green-bearded Helmetcrest, Munchique Wood-Wren, Santa Marta Tapaculo, Turquoise Dacnis, Vermilion Cardinal and so much more!
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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 2020 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!

Our Yunnan itinerary in 2020 has been altered to include another valley with photo blinds/feeding stations giving us a great chance to observe Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Blue-naped Pitta and amazingly even Collared Falconet and Great Slaty Woodpecker amongst others. Although this is not strictly a photo tour, we cannot think of any other birding tour where you could have a better chance of getting those all-imporant pics of many endemic, rare and localised birds. Walking effort is minimal, although there are optional walks available if the thought of sitting in a hide for 4 hours at a time getting cripplingly close views of great birds isn't appealing! See the Yunnan tour itinerary 2020 here.

NEW TOUR! We have just added a fabulous new Amazonian Colombia tour visiting MitĂș then travelling through the Magdalena Valley in search of even more endemics. MitĂș is THE place to find most of the Colombian Amazon species and where mouth-watering highlights could include the stunning Chestnut-crested and White-plumed Antbirds, Orinoco Piculet, Tawny-tufted Toucanet, Bronzy Jacamar, Pompadour Cotinga, Imeri Warbling Antbird and Azure-naped Jay amongst a mind-boggling list of other potential species. Moving on to the Magdalena Valley we will visit several relatively 'new' sites as well as the Cerulean Warbler Reserve, Chestnut-capped Piha Reserve, El Paujil and others in our search for Blue-billed Curassow, Beautiful Woodpecker, Indigo-capped Hummingbird, Magdalena Antbird, Antioquia Bristle-Tyrant, Turquoise Dacnis and others. Take a look at our new Colombia 2020 itinerary.