It is estimated that up to 820 species of birds from 79 different families have a soft spot for the jungle canopies, coastal plains and golden savannahs of Guyana. Of these, almost 200 species are found in the capital city of Georgetown. It should be no surprise that it is one of the world’s top destinations to spot a mind-boggling variety of birds due to the relative ease in accessing some of the more sought-after species.
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, hilly sand and clay areas and the golden savannahs of the hinterland, with each region offering the perfect spot for finding particular species.
Serious birders should make a concerted effort to see star birds like the Rio Branco Antbird, Hoary-throated Spinetail, Red Siskin, Sun Parakeet, Crested Doradito and Bearded Tachur. Guyana is reputed to be one of the easiest places in the world to see these species. 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 the country’s offering of birds, is by staying at one of Guyana’s many birding and wildlife lodges; they are situated at the edge of forests and rivers. Not only do they include close access to thickets and 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.