The great thing about Guyana is that even the urban areas are bursting with birds, so you do not have to go too far to see a variety of species. Technically, most of the urban areas are part of the low coastal plains of the country, but the environment is different due to human habitation, traffic and buildings. Even in bustling Georgetown, you can regularly spot more than 200 species of birds flying around or perched on rooftops. The city’s parks and other green hotspots make for an ideal environment for birds, such as the Guiana Shield endemic, the Blood-coloured Woodpecker. Other towns like Lethem, which lie in the heart of the grasslands of the south, also astonish travellers with an amazing variety of birds.
Low Coastal Plains
The coastal plains stretch along the Atlantic Ocean on the northern fringe of the country. Thick mangroves, sprawling beaches and dense forests protect this region, making it a comfortable habitat for a staggering number of bird species. Egrets, ibises, gulls, herons, hawks, tanagers, flycatchers, finches, blackbirds and orioles dot the wild forests, seashores and farmlands around the Waini River, Mainstay, Hope Beach, Mahaica and Abary. Some of these spots are a day’s trip from Georgetown.