Trip report: Guyana (January 2020) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Nick Athanas. This was a set-departure tour.

For a nature lover, Guyana really is hard to beat. This former British colony has a tiny population, and away from the coast is breathtakingly wild and almost totally pristine, with just a handful of towns and Amerindian villages scattered about. We had an excellent 13 day tour that visited many of the best ecolodges and birding sites in the country, enjoying almost perfect weather along the way, along with all the friendly hosts, guides, drivers, and staff we met along the way. Even though most of the country lives near the coast, there is still great birding, both outside the capital city of Georgetown as well as inside, in its large parks and gardens. We spent a very productive day here nailing down nice views of Blood-colored Woodepecker, Rufous Crab-Hawk, Scarlet Ibis, and tons of others – in fact, more birds than any other day of the trip. From there we hopped on a plane, and after a short stop visit to the spectacular Kaieteur Falls, our pilot set us down at the edge of the vast rainforests that dominate much of the country. Birding these spectacular forests gave us colorful cotingas like Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Crimson Fruitcrow, and Guianan Red-Cotinga, seemingly endless antbirds like the gorgeous Ferruginous-backed Antbird, large numbers of parrots and macaws, the impressive Crimson Topaz, and many, many more. As we moved south, rainforest gave way to vast savannas with a very different avifauna. Long drives on bad roads paid off with superb views of the two “megas” of the region, the gorgeous Sun Parakeet and unique Red Siskin, along with two highly range-restricted birds, Rio Branco Antbird and Hoary-throated Spinetail. In this wild region, it was no surprise that we also had some nice mammal sightings too, with Giant Anteater and Brazilian Tapir both being crowd favorites. Click the link below to read the full report

Tropical Birding Guyana Trip Report (4 MB PDF).