More than 900 species from 79 different families of birds have a soft spot for the jungle canopies, coastal plains and golden savannahs of Guyana. Of these, almost 200 are found in the capital city of Georgetown. It should be no surprise it’s one of the world’s top destinations to spot a mind-boggling variety of birds. An estimated 80% of Guyana’s primary rainforest remains intact. It is complimented by numerous habitats such as savannah grasslands, mangrove forests and coastal swamps that are home to a plethora of intriguing birds.
Of all nature’s treasures in this tropical country, the birds are a special highlight for nature enthusiasts, with ample locations and trails suitable for birdwatchers. Avian enthusiasts can explore low coastal plains, thick highland forests, sand and clay areas of the hills and the golden savannahs of the interiors, with each region offering the perfect spot for finding particular species. During a trip, birders should keep their eyes peeled for the colourful hoatzin, Guyana’s glamorous national bird and other unique birds like the harpy eagle and cock-of-the-rock. Visitors to the country will be awestruck by the sheer variety and colours of other birds too. Even if one is a veteran birder, a trip to Guyana promises many first sightings to be checked off the list.
The best way to see Guyana’s offering of birds, is by staying at one of the many birding and wildlife lodges in the heart of the country; they are situated at the edge of forests and rivers. Not only do they include close access to thickets, trails that are only a stroll away from the rooms, but also the expertise of in-house guides. Here, birders will find comfortable rooms, that are aesthetically in tune with the natural surroundings. The experience is immersive and enjoyable at the same time.