Birding Factoids

786 species
in 60 families

No endemics
29 speciality species
3 endangered species
2 week trip expectation -
350 - 400 species

Checklist of Guyana BirdsTours and GuidesEco-LodgesSpeciality BirdsMap and General Country Information
Check out Larry Master's Images of Guyana and Compton Boodhoo's Birds of Guyana
Guyana Specialities
Hoatzin or Canje Pheasant - Guyana National Bird - Photo copyright Marcus Martin
Photo copyright Marcus Martin
Green Aracari - Photo copyright Arthur Grosset
Photo copyright Arthur Grosset
Festive Parrot - Photo copyright Greg Neise
Photo copyright Greg Neise
    ....Guyana - a country of exceptional natural beauty, is a splendid
      combination of the Caribbean and South America. Some brief references to locations for bird watching.
    ....The Rupununi Savannahs: An eco-tourists dream. The Rupununi 
      savannahs (permit required) encompass 5000 square miles of virtually untouched grasslands, swamp lands, rain forested mountains and are inhabited by some 15,000 Wapisiana, Macushi and Wai-Wai Amerindians. The Rupununi forms the South-western wilderness territory of Guyana, a Caribbean country situated on the North-eastern littoral of South America bordered by Venezuela, Brazil and Suriname. The savannahs are divided north from south, by the Kanuku Mountains, Guyana’s most biologically diverse region. According to Conservation International, the "area supports a large percentage of Guyana’s bio-diversity", including 250 species of bird life, 18 of which are native "only to the lowland forests of the Guianas".
    ....Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and
      Development - The wide range of intact habitats in the Iwokrama Forest supports a diverse flora and fauna with an estimated 1,500-2,000 higher plant species, 450 species of birds, 206 species of fish, 120 species of snakes, lizards and frogs and 150 species of mammals. 
    ....Birding Guyana - Sandwiched between Venezuela
      and Suriname, two countries with rich ornithological histories, tiny English-speaking Guyana has only recently begun to receive its share of interest from birders and ornithologists. This commercial web-site outlines a possible birding itinerary.
    ....Birding Outback Guyana - by D. MacDonald Green. This journal
      covers birding in the following areas:
      • Kuyuwini River 
      • The Rewa River 
      • The Maparri Wilderness 
      • The Kwitaro River 
Choose another countryChoose another continentAdd or change a URL

Top of Page

Tours and Guides

>>>>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Guyana Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
Spot-breasted Woodpecker - Photo copyright Ronald Orenstein
Photo copyright Ronald Orenstein
    **..Wilderness Explorers - offer exciting adventures in the wilderness of 
      South America and the Caribbean through a variety of comprehensive itineraries. they are the leading tour operator in Guyana and they offer combination itineraries which include Venezuela, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil and the Caribbean. Guyana boasts hundreds of species of mammals, nearly 800 species of birds and thousands of species of insects. See a selection from the Wilderness Explorer's bird list.
Choose another countryChoose another continentAdd or change a URL

Top of Page



Rufous-sided Crake - Photo copyright Alec Earnshaw
Photo copyright Alec Earnshaw


Choose another countryChoose another continentAdd or change a URL

Top of Page

Endemics and Specialities

in Guyana

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5, supplemented by material found in Where to Watch Birds in South America - by Nigel Wheatley. South American speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of South America. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International, and supporting data bases developed by Ian Patton, of Merlin Species Watcher.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Guyana.

No National Endemics in Guyana
Endangered Birds in Guyana
(endemics are printed in bold italic)

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Hoary-throated Spinetail
___ Rio Branco Antbird
___ Speckled Rail None

Other Speciality Birds in Guyana
(taken from Where to Watch Birds in South America - by Nigel Wheatley.)

___ Bearded Bell-bird
___ Bearded Tachuri
___ Blood-coloured Woodpecker
___ Capuchinbird
___ Cayenne Jay
___ Crested Doradito
___ Crimson Fruitcrow
___ Dusky Purpletuft
___ Finsch's Euphonia
___ Great-billed Seed-Finch
___ Grey-billed Goshawk
___ Grey-winged Trumpeter
___ Guinean Cock-of-the-Rock
___ Guinean Gnatcatcher
___ Guinean Red-Cotinga
___ Painted Tody-Flycatcher
___ Pompador Cotinga
___ Purple-breasted Cotinga
___ Racket-tailed Coquette
___ Rio Branco Antbird
___ Rio Branco Spinetail
___ Rufous Crab-Hawk
___ Saffron-crested Tyrant-Manakin
___ Spot-tailed Nightjar
___ Sunbittern
___ Tepui Manakin
___ Yellow-knobbed Curassow
___ Zig-Zag Heron 

Choose another countryChoose another continentAdd or change a URL

Top of Page