22426
Cuba

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.
Rating (4.8)
Program No. 22426RJ
Length
13 days
Starts at
5,199
Flights start at
400

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 to learn about their community projects while also learning about culture and history in colonial Old Havana.
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.
Small Group
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 efforts.

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.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Havana, Two Faces of the Antillean Metropolis
by Joseph Scarpaci, Roberto Segre, Mario Coyula
Two leading Cuban architects and a U.S. geographer present a historical overview of Havana’s urban-social geography from 1519 until today. An American Library Association Choice Outstanding Book Award winner.
Dreaming in Cuban
by Cristina Garcia
A short, poetic novel of three generations of Cuban women, their reactions to the revolution and the complex relations between those who remained in Cuba and those who settled in the United States.
Cuba, A New History
by Richard Gott
British journalist Gott casts a fresh eye on the history of the Caribbean island from its pre-Columbian origins to the present.
The Thing With Feathers, The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human
by Noah Strycker
Birder, naturalist and traveler Noah Strycker explores the mysterious, highly intelligent nature of various bird species in this entertaining book about humanity’s feathered friends.
Moon Cuba
by Christopher P. Baker
A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Cuba.
King of Cuba
by Cristina Garcia
Garcia's richly satisfying tale revolves around a fictionalized Fidel Castro and an octogenarian Cuban exile obsessed with revenge.
Cuba Map
by Borch Maps
A detailed, double-sided laminated map at a scale of 1:1,000,000.
Cuba, What Everyone Needs to Know
by Julia Sweig
Director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, Julia Sweig traces the geography, history and identity of Cuba in this admirably succinct portrait of the island nation and its role in world affairs.
Cuba Journeys
by Rowland Scherman (Editor), Charles Fields
Fields presents Cuba in his newest collection, featuring 120 color and 30 black-and-white photographs that illustrate the island's diverse landscapes. He captures the Matanzas coastlands, Vinales Valley tobacco fields and Havana metropolis, which serves as a backdrop to a series highlighting classic American cars. Includes cultural and historical commentary written in English and Spanish.
The Cuban Table
by Ana Sofia Pelaez, Ellen Silverman (Photographer)
Through evocative writing and gorgeous photographs, Pelaez and Silverman have crafted a Cuban cookbook that is "lleno de vida" (full of life) with enticing, easy-to-follow recipes for classic Cuban coffees, simple dinners and leisurely lunches. They include personal stories from Cubans and Cuban diaspora communities from New York City to Florida.
Natural Cuba
by Alfonso Silva Lee
A natural history of the Caribbean's largest tropical island.
Birds, The Art of Ornithology
by Jonathan Elphick
A beautiful volume of ornithological art that tells the story of the craft and how it transformed from the naturalist artwork of the Renaissance to the present day. Features original artworks by luminaries like John James Audubon and John Gould.
Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis
by Robert Kennedy
Senator Kennedy describes the hour-by-hour negotiations in October 1962, with particular attention to the actions and views of his brother, President John F. Kennedy, in this behind-the-scenes classic. With a forward by historian and Kennedy adviser Arthur M. Schlesinger.
Cuba, This Moment, Exactly So
by Lorne Resnick
This deluxe coffee-table book organizes 250 black-and-white photographs around micro-stories that immerse readers in the heat and culture of Cuba, the "Pearl of the Antilles." Includes a foreword by great travel writer Pico Iyer.
Endemic Birds of Cuba
by Nils Navarro
With 168 full-color pages, this informative guide covers the 26 endemic Cuban species as well as 22 endemic West Indies species that also inhabit Cuba. Features original watercolor illustrations and photographs.
Che Guevara, A Revolutionary Life
by Jon Lee Anderson
A revised and updated edition of Anderson's definitive biography, published to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.
Wildlife of the Caribbean
by Herbert A. Raffaele
This truly comprehensive guide to Caribbean (including Cuba!) wildlife includes 600 vivid color images of 451 species of plants, birds, mammals, fish and seashells.
Cuban Revelations
by Marc Frank
Travelogue, ode to Cuban soul and society and clear-eyed report on the economic reforms that are sweeping the island nation, Marc Frank's colorful chronicle shows daily life in contemporary Cuba from the inside. Frank weaves his own story -- and the stories of his many friends and acquaintances -- into this indispensable first-hand report from the field.
Extraordinary Birds
by Paul Sweet
This striking book, in a beautiful case with 40 ready-to-frame color prints slipped inside, features illustrations and essays from the rare book collection at the American Museum of Natural History.
Birds of Cuba
by Orlando Garrido, Arturo Kirkconnell, Lester Short (Introduction)
A compact field guide to the birds of Cuba, featuring 51 color plates, detailed species accounts and 144 local maps. The authors are curators at the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba.





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