Bird Watching Holidays in Cuba
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Cuba is a paradise for birdwatchers, with about 350 indigenous species, 21 endemic species, six endemic genera, a rich variety of migratory species and a well-established infrastructure in place to support bird-watching tourism.
Several tour companies offer good-value all-inclusive tours: the benefit of an escorted tour being that you’ll have access to specialist guides. Expect to see some brightly coloured rare birds. Lighter than a one-penny coin, the Cuban bee hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world, the flapping of its wings impossible for the human eye to see. Parrots, flycatchers, king fishers, flamingos and hawks are also common. Try also to see the Cuban trogon. This is the national bird of Cuba – its red, white and blue feathers correspond with the colours of the Cuban flag.
The best places to see birds in Cuba are in Pinar del Rio province, specifically the Sierra del Rosario area – a UNESCO biosphere reserve and a great place to see the tiny iridescent green, red and blue Cartacuba – and the Peninsula de Guanahacabibes, which is unspoilt and remote. The best place for bird watching in the east is the Sierra Maestra national park. We can tailor-make an itinerary or recommend escorted tours.