Birding in Cuba: Discover the Island’s Endemic & Native Species

For birders, this could be the most elusive one of them all — a chance to spot endemic and stunning species that few Americans have on their life list. Come birding with us in Cuba.
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Program No. 22426RJ
13 days
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At a Glance

Venture to coastal habitats, tropical rainforests and Biosphere Reserves in search of vibrant, exotic birds — many of which can only be found here, on the captivating island of Cuba. Exploring with an ornithology expert, look for the brilliant yellow collar of the Cuban Grassquit and spy the dazzling green and red Cuban Parakeet. When you’re not keeping an eye out for the endangered Gundlach’s Hawk, meet conservationists and scientists to learn about their community projects, immerse yourself in Cuban culture and celebrate the 500th anniversary of Havana in 2019.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Some city walking on cobbled stones and walking on paved/unpaved irregular terrain for up to 3 miles per day in hot and humid weather. Daily early morning birding activities and long periods standing.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • With a birding expert, search for Cuba’s 368 bird species, including 25 species that can only be found here.
  • Explore a variety of diverse bird habitats on field trips to National Parks and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.
  • Support the conservationists that work hard to protect this island as you learn about their organizations.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at listing.aba.org/ethics. Road Scholar offers opportunities to travel legally to Cuba under the new OFAC Regulations published June 5, 2019. Following the General License category “Support for the Cuban People,” Road Scholar programs include activities intended to strengthen civil society in Cuba. Each day's program promotes independence for the Cuban people and results in meaningful interactions with the Cuban people. Questions about traveling to Cuba? Road Scholar has your answers. Learn more: www.roadscholar.org/cubafaqs.
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Hiram Gonzalez
Dr. Hiram González is head of the ornithology department at the Institute of Ecology and Systematics in Havana, and he specializes in Neotropical species. He is a proud member of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds, the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation, and the Cuban Zoological Society. Hiram is widely published in scientific journals, and he authored “The Birds of Cuba” and served as a contributing author to several other books on Cuban ecology.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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