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Birdwatching in Honduras

Honduras is a great destination for neotropical birding, simply an essential pilgrimage for any birders wanting to enjoy the tropical birding trip of a lifetime! Boasting the second richest avifauna in Central America an incredible 747 bird species and home of the beautiful Honduran Emerald endemic.

"Lake Yojoa"

Honduras offers a wonderful stable and safe eco tour destination, excellent modern infrastructure, full of friendly people with an endless variety of tasty cuisine and of course birds and nature galore! Honduras is the second largest country in Central America. and it is full of mixed habitas such as; Tropical rainforest, Cloud forest, Wet lands, Dry thorn forest, Montane forest, Pine sabanas, Honduran birds offers comprehensive birding tours to all these major birding habitats.
Few countries can match Honduras truly incredible wildlife spectacles and its mega diversity combined with such an amazing number of spectacular and varied destinations offering so many superlatives! To allow for a full appreciation of Honduras’s wildlife one can immediately see it will require multiple visits to explore this vast birding place to begin to appreciate the avifauna of these world famous birding and wildlife destinations

Electronic map of Honduras

Tour I

8 day birdwatching tour


Being conservative expect 250+ species during the trip.

Day 1.
Arrive in San Pedro Sula and transfer to Panacam Lodge.
D and overnight Panacam Lodge.
Day 2.
Pickup by your native guide and driver, and we’ll head for Lake Yojoa, a very large, natural lake in central part of Honduras. This is a great place for water birds including Black Bellied Whistling and Muscovy Ducks, Spotted Rail, Ruddy Crake, Gray-breasted Crake, Northern Jacana and many more. We might get lucky and find other good species as well. We’ll stay at Panacam on the lake for the next two nights and explore the lake region and surrounding mountains.
B,L,D and overnight in local lodging.

"Azure Crowned Hummingbird"

Day 3.
We’ll spend some time in the morning birding the Panacam lowlands for Prevost Ground-Sparrow, Green-backed Sparrow and the numerous hummingbirds in the lake region. After lunch, we head for the highlands of Cerro Azum Meambar National Park. We will get our first taste of cloud forest here. This is home and one of the best windows to find Keel-billed Motmot. Blue-crowned, Tody and Turquoise-browed Motmot should be seen along the way, as well as Collared Trogons. The lovely Black-crested Coquette, Wite bellied Emerald and many more Hummingbirds are found as well in the park at feeders close to the visitors' center. Red-capped and White-collared Manakins should also be present. We will probably see our first Bushy-crested, Green and Unicolered Jays in here.
B,L,D and overnight in local lodging.

"Dusky-capped Flycatcher"

Day 4.
More birding in the Lake Yojoa area around Los Naranjos National Park in Pena Blanca. Then we’ll drive 3 Hours to Marcala and stay at the nice Hotel Finca Rosael for the next two nights.
B,L,D and overnight in local lodging.
Day 5.
We’ll make another early deparure to bird to Las Trancas Nature Reserve in the morning where we hope to find the rarest of the motmots: Blue-throated Motmot. If we are lucky enough to find this bird, and our guide does know where some nests are, we might be able to find all the motmots of Central America on this trip. Honduras is the only country that has all seven of them (although the Russet-crowned Motmot’s southernmost range may extend slightly into Guatemala). Other species that can be found: White-breasted Hawk, Resplendent Quetzal, Red-faced Warbler, Gray-breasted Wren and many others.
B,L,D and overnight in local lodging.

"White-crowned Parrot"

Day 6.
We will bird in the morning in areas close to the Hotel and then we will leave to La Tigra National Park. It would take us up of 3 hours to get there, so we will stay at Los Gloriales Inn for the next two nights, we will do birding in the areas of the hotel in the afternoon, where we can have great looks of Black-vented Oriole, Magnificent Hummingbirds, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, and many others.
B,L,D and overnight in local lodging.

"Turquoise-browed Motmot"

Day 7.
We need to make an early departure of about 5:00 AM for La Tigra National Park, where we’ll hike up into the rainforest looking the Resplendent Quetzal, Slate-colored Solitaire, Singing Quail, Scaled Antpita, Green Breasted Mountain Gem and others.
B,L,D and overnight in local lodging.
Day 8.
We’ll continue birding in the morning, then we’ll depart for Tegucigalpa 10 am, to the airport.
B and L.

(B,L,D)= B stands for breakfast: L: lunch; D: dinner. If food is not specified, it is not included in the trip price.

8 days tour price is: 2 pax US$1450 per person. 4 pax US$1350 per person.

Single accommodations are available for an extra charge of US$150 per person.

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English/Spanish guide with field scope and guide, pick up and drop off from airport, hotels, transportation, lodging, meals and park entrance fees.
Gratuities, alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature, airport departure tax, or international and local airfare.

The above birding itineraries are based on what are essentially popular routes for birders. It can be shortened or extended.
All trips are available year round, but prices may be adjusted around special holidays.
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Fitness - Easy to moderate hiking is required. For birders with moderate limitations I am able to make a special itinerary. Either way, birders will have a fantastic opportunity to views an impressive number of bird species, and the experience will be an enjoyable one.
Clothing - Dress for hot and humid tropical weather and be prepare for rain. Light clothing is recommended: cotton shirts and t-shirts (earth colors preferable), long and short pants, poncho, hiking shoes, an extra pair or sandals, hat, insect repellent and sun block.
Gear - Binoculars, scope, field guide, notebook and camera.

Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Alex and Malcolm.   

Birding guide Alexander Alvarado Chacon your local Birdingpal guide
I am Alex from Copan Ruinas, 29 years old. I started my birding experience a few years ago working for a nature reserve located in Copan on Western part of Honduras. After getting involve with my first mornings into the mountains, i decided to spend my time watching this beautiful creatures. I have been scanning the whole country except the eastern part at La Moskitia, which is the most remote part of the country. My tours can be around southern wetlands of Choluteca, Lake Yojoa and adjacent areas, Pacific highlands, North coast at Lancetilla, Pico Bonito, Cuero y Salado, Celaque, Copan, Olancho, La Tigra National Park and the Aguan Valley. Some especial birds which required the right habitat are available to watch in my tours according to the areas, where we stay. If you visit the archaeological city of Copan, I can do morning trips in tropical rainforest or dry open woodlands.

Birding guide Malcolm Glasgow your local Birdingpal guide
I am a 61 year old Englishman living in Honduras and a self taught birder. Nature and travel were always my major interests and I became specifically interested in birds in India in the early 90's. At the time I was working half a year in France and spending half a year travelling, mainly in India where I learnt my birding and have seen 535 species. I have birded in Great Britain, France, India, Thailand, Laos, Chile, Peru, Belize and Honduras. My world list numbers 1,446 species. I first visited Honduras in 2006 and fell in love with the Lago de Yojoa area, a birding hotspot with 447 species available. In 2007 I settled in the village of Los Naranjos and became the tourist guide at D&D Breweries lodge. So far I have seen 456 species here. I am a member of the Honduran Ornithological club.

Some facts about Honduras.

Honduras is approximately 1000 miles southwest of Miami and has a mainly mountainous area of 48,200 square miles. To the North it has a large coastal line with the Caribbean sea and to the South it enjoys a small access to the Pacific. Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, got its tongue twisting name from the ancient Nahuatl language, and translated means "silver mountain" In effect, Tegucigalpa came to being during colonial times as a mining center. "Tegus" as its inhabitants affectionately call it, is a mix of an old colonial city that has turned into the modern capital of Honduras.
San Pedro Sula is called the industrial capital of Honduras. 80% of all industrial parks are within 20 miles of the city. The coastal city of Ceiba and El Progresso are the third and forth largest cities.
Honduras lies at what was the southern tip of the Mayan civilization that spread southwards from the Yucatán peninsula through modern Guatemala to the city of Copán, now in north-west Honduras. The Mayan civilization collapsed long before the arrival of Christopher Columbus, who visited Trujillo in north-east Honduras in 1502 on his third voyage to the new world. The country was colonized by Spain after some resistance by the Lenca peoples of the central highlands. Their chief, Lempira, who was murdered by the Spaniards, became a national symbol after independence.
From sight seeing to scuba diving, Honduras has a range of attractions within a short distance of all major Honduran cities. Country clubs have swimming pools, tennis courts and golf courses. Lake Yojoa, an uncrowded volcanic lake with world class bass fishing, is only a few miles from the main Tegucigalpa-San Pedro Sula highway. The National Energy Company arranges visits to an other beautiful lake, created when the El Cajón hydroelectric project was build.
Mayan archaeological sites are scattered throughout the country. The most renowned is Copán, a two hour drive from San Pedro Sula. This uniquely preserved site, in a sylvan setting, presets not only the Mayan monuments and stele, but also the living areas and life style of the ancient Mayas.
Caribbean beaches are an hour's drive from San Pedro Sula and the Bay Islands are only a twenty minute flight. These verdant Caribbean islands are noted for their barrier reef, second in length only to Australia's. Well-equipped resorts such as Anthony Keys provide excellent scuba diving and snorkeling.

More facts about Honduras.

Guide books and CD’s recommended:

Birds of Mexico and Central America by Howell and Webb

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