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Birdwatching in Puerto Rico

Experience more natural beauty on just 100 x 35 miles island. To date more than 350 bird species has been recorded in Puerto Rico, including 17 endemics, more than 150 nesting birds, migratory and Caribbean specialties. What enables Puerto Rico to support these big number of species is its natural diversity: rain forests, dry forests, elfin-woods forests, mountains, cliffs, mangroves, wetlands, ponds, salt flats and more.

"White-tailed Tropicbird"

I'm an independent custom birding tour guide whose only goal is to give you the best of Puerto Rico. This is what I offer you: the enjoyment of your trip, personalized tour based not on hours, based on your enjoyment. That means when you contact me and tell me the birds you want to see, I’ll be there just to fulfill that desire. Fully aware, expert: ready to serve you. I'll be happy to make your birding trip, one you can not forget. You'll be taken through the most beautiful natural reserves and best spots I know. Always respecting basic ethical guidelines for bird watching and avoiding the least posible human impact.

Electronic map of Puerto Rico

Tour I
Puerto Rican Endemics and Caribbean Birds.

Itinerary

Day 1.
Arrivals should be at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico by mid afternoon. Drive to TJ Ranch Looking for Puerto Rican Screech-Owl at night. 1st Night at TJ Ranch.

"Adelaide's Warbler"

Day 2 - North-Central Area.
An area with a variety of native and endemic plus Caribbean birds. Depending on the month of your visit, you will have the opportunity to observe migratory species. At least 10-13 out of 17 endemic can be found here. Looking for Puerto Rican Screech-Owl at Night.
Among the endemic birds that are possible during this day are: Adelaide's Warbler - Dendroica adelaidae, Puerto Rican Vireo - Vireo latimeri, Puerto Rican Toddy - Todus mexicanus, Puerto Rican Woodpecker - Melanerpes portoricensis, Puerto Rican Flycatcher - Myiarchus antillarum, Puerto Rican Lizard-Cuckoo - Coccyzus vieilloti, Puerto Rican Spindalis - Spindalis portoricensis, Puerto Rican Bullfinch - Loxigilla portoricensis, Puerto Rican Screech-Owl - Megascops nudipes, Puerto Rican Oriole - Icterus portoricensis, Puerto Rican Emerald - Chlorostilbon maugaeus, Green Mango - Anthracothorax viridis, Puerto Rican Parrot - Amazona vittata.
Among the birds that might catch your interest are: Antillean Mango - Anthracothorax dominicus, Grasshopper Sparrow - Ammodramus savannarum, Antillean Euphonia - Euphonia musica, Bridled Tern - Onychoprion anaethetus, Loggerhead Kingbird - Tyrannus caudifasciatus, Orange Bishop -Euplectes franciscanus, Roseate Tern - Sterna dougallii, Masked Duck - Nomonyx dominicus, Ruddy Duck - Oxyura jamaicensis, Least Grebe - Tachybaptus dominicus, Pied-billed Grebe - Podilymbus podiceps, White-cheeked Pintail - Anas bahamensis, White-crowned Pigeon - Patagioenas leucocephala, Caribbean Coot - Fulica caribaea, American Coot - Fulica americana, White-tailed Tropicbird - Phaethon lepturus catesbyi, Migratory Birds (Shorebirds, Warblers)
2nd Night at TJ Ranch.

"Puerto Rican Lizard-Cuckoo"

Day 3 - Maricao - Southwest.
If your goal is to see two of our most sought-after birds by birdwatchers, this is the place to visit. The site is habitat for the Puerto Rican subspecies of Sharp-shinned Hawk, is smaller and darker than other races and is on the federal list of endangered species and the Elfin-woods Warbler. The scenic views of the place makes it special. The day will start at some spots on North-Central Area depends on the birds you need. Looking for Puerto Rican Nightjar at Night.
Among the endemic birds that are possible are: Elfin-woods Warbler - Dendroica angelae, Puerto Rican Tanager - Nesospingus speculiferus, Puerto Rican Emerald - Chlorostilbon maugaeus, Puerto Rican Vireo - Vireo latimeri, Puerto Rican Toddy - Todus mexicanus, Puerto Rican Woodpecker - Melanerpes portoricensis, Puerto Rican Flycatcher - Myiarchus antillarum, Puerto Rican Lizard-Cuckoo - Coccyzus vieilloti, Puerto Rican Spindalis - Spindalis portoricensis, Puerto Rican Bullfinch - Loxigilla portoricensis, Green Mango - Anthracothorax viridis.
Among the birds that might catch your interest are: Antillean Euphonia - Euphonia musica*, Sharp-shinned Hawk - Accipiter striatus venator*, Lesser Antillean Pewee - Contopus latirostris* Loggerhead Kingbird - Tyrannus caudifasciatus*. * Puerto Rican subspecies.
1st Night at Villa Parguera Hotel.

"Puerto Rican Toddy"

Day 4 - Southwest, Plain Pigeon Spot and Eastern Hummingbirds.
Very active day! We’ll end at Best Western Airport Hotel at night. Southwest - The region of greatest diversity of birds in Puerto Rico. Among the available places for birding are: Guanica Dry Forest (Biosphere Reserve), Cabo Rojo Salt Flats, Boqueron Forest, Cartagena Lagoon, mouths of rivers, ponds and others.
Plain Pigeon Spot - Considered by the Department of Enviromental and Natural Resources of Puerto Rico as Endangered (EN) and by the IUCN as Near Threatened (NT). The plain pigeon is one of the rarest birds in Puerto Rico, making it into one that everyone wants to see. You'll enjoy the beautiful landscapes and mountains around the towns of Comerío and Cidra.
The target bird here and possible is: Plain Pigeon - Patagioenas inornata.
Eastern Hummingbirds! - Mostly in the east. Two of the five hummingbirds that nest in Puerto Rico.
Target birds: Antillean Crested Hummingbird - Orthorhyncus cristatus, Green-throated Carib - Eulampis holosericeus. These hummingbirds are without doubt one of the birds that everyone wants to see. Two of the five hummingbirds that nest in Puerto Rico.

"Yellow-breasted Crake"

Among the endemic birds that are possible are: Yellow-shouldered Blackbird - Agelaius xanthomus, Adelaide's Warbler - Dendroica adelaidae, Puerto Rican Vireo - Vireo latimeri, Puerto Rican Woodpecker - Melanerpes portoricensis, Puerto Rican Flycatcher - Myiarchus antillarum, Puerto Rican Spindalis - Spindalis portoricensis, Puerto Rican Bullfinch - Loxigilla portoricensis, Puerto Rican Nightjar - Caprimulgus noctitherus, Puerto Rican Emerald - Chlorostilbon maugaeus, Puerto Rican Tody - Todus mexicanus.
Among the birds that might catch your interest are: West Indian Whistling-Duck - Dendrocygna arborea, Purple Gallinule - Porphyrio martinica, Antillean Euphonia - Euphonia musica, Ruddy Duck - Oxyura jamaicensis, White-cheeked Pintail - Anas bahamensis, Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus, Caribbean Elaenia - Elaenia martinica, Wilson's Plover - Charadrius wilsonia, Yellow Warbler - Dendroica petechia, Clapper Rail - Rallus longirostris, Caribbean Martin - Progne dominicensis, Troupial - Icterus icterus, Roseate Tern - Sterna dougallii, Least Tern - Sternula antillarum, Forster's Tern - Sterna forsteri (migratory), Sandwich Tern - Thalasseus sandvicensis, Snowy Plover - Chordeiles gundlachii, Antillean Nighthawk - Chordeiles gundlachii, Indian Silverbill - Lonchura malabarica.


4 day tour price is: 2 pax US$1,025 per person double room. 4 pax US$935 per person double room.
Single supplement: US$250

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Included:
Guide, All meals, Accomodation, Transportation, Checklist and Entrance fees.
Excluded:
Overnight accommodation for DAY 4 unless you ask for it, Gratuities, Alcoholic beverages, Personal items, Air tickets, Airport taxes (if any), International airfare, Government sales tax and Electronic transfers fees.
Notes: All the date of itineraries include arrival and departure dates.

The above birding itineraries are based on what are essentially popular routes for birders. It can be shortened or extended.
All the date of itineraries include arrival and departure dates.
All trips are available year round, but prices may be adjusted around special holidays.
Minimum lead time four (4)weeks.
To check availability for tours on short notice, fill out “Request for Quote” form with desirable dates.
Fitness:
Relatively easy walking. If have any concerns ask for details.
Equipment:
Dress for hot and humid weather with posibility of rain. Earth colors preferable. Closed shoes or trainers (not sandals), hat, insect repellent and sun block. Equipment - Binoculars, scope and camera. Travel insurance: recommended.

Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Gabriel.   

Birding guide Gabriel Lugo, your local Birdingpal guide
Fulltime birdwatching guide. Since I live in the north-central coast of Puerto Rico (close to San Juan), I can guide you to the best places for birding all over the island: forests, rain forest, dry forest, coasts, mountains, salt flats, marshes, ponds and grasslands, north, south, central, east, west with just one objective: give you the best experience enjoing our beautiful birds. Excellent knowledge of Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Migratory birds. I'm available for groups and photographers too.

Testimonials.

Gabriel is a superb guide: easy communication, reliable, knows where the birds are and how to "get on" them. In 2010, we saw all of the Puerto Rican endemics and some "gravy" birds in four days with him. If you wish to confirm this directly with me, do not hesitate to ask. David O. Matson, Suffolk, Virginia. d.matson(AT)charter.net

Some facts about Puerto Rico.

Capital: San Juan.
Official Languages: Spanish and English.
Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of the Dominican Republic.
Geographic coordinates: 18 15 N, 66 30 W
Climate: The climate is Tropical Marine with average temperatures year round, near 80 °F (26.7 °C) in lower elevations and 70 °F (21.1 °C) in the mountains.
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard (AST).
Sunrise/Sunset Average: 6:54 am to 6:21 pm
National Holiday: November 19 (The Discovery of Puerto Rico date).
National Hymn (Anthem): "La Borinqueña"
Total Area: 9,104 sq km (3,508 sq mi).
Limits: To the west by Haití and the Dominican Republic, separated by the Mona Passage, to the east by the Virgin Islands, to the north by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Caribbean Sea.
Land boundaries: 0 km.
Borders: Puerto Rico is under the U.S. customs jurisdiction. Borders are open between P.R. and the U.S., allowing for free movement of people and merchandise.
Coastline: 501 km
Maritime claims: Exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
Territorial sea: 12 NM

www.topuertorico.org

More facts about Puerto Rico.

Guide books and CD’s recommended:

Puerto Rico’s Birds in Photographs (3rd Edition) by Mark W. Oberle
Puerto Rico’s Birds in Photograph in CD (3rd Edition) by Mark W. Oberle

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Bird Recordings from Puerto Rico

Caribbean Bird Songs by Mark W. Oberle

www.wildsounds.com
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