Guide to Birding
A birdwatching trip to Guyana is exciting and memorable for birdwatchers, however, planning ahead can make the trip even better. Here are some important tips to optimise your time birdwatching.
Best Time for Birding
The best time to travel to Guyana for birding is immediately after the two green
seasons: September to early December and January to late April. This is the most
vibrant time, as the vegetation is refreshed, and access is easier via dry roads.
During green season from late April to August, it can be difficult to travel to remote
locations. However, labouring through the rains is often rewarded when you see star
birds and nesting sites up close and personal, travelling via small boat in mangroves
and along remote creeks between the thick foliage.
The most popular birding field guides in use in Guyana are the Birds of Northern South America: An Identification Guide and the Birds of Venezuela (Helm Field Guides). Many birders use the eBird app to record their sightings. Click here for a copy of Guyana’s bird list.
Limited internet and phone connectivity in the interior of the country can make the
booking and payment process challenging for international travellers. It is best to be
connected to local tour operators, outfitters, and guides who can take care of all of
the details on your behalf. They are regularly in touch with lodges, experience
providers and transportation service providers to ensure that your trip is smooth. It is
also best to book ahead in time to ensure you secure best lodging and guides. You
can contact our list of local tour operators here.
Guides and Naturalists
Hiring guides and naturalists with the help of local tour operators and outfitters is
recommended, so you can ensure you get the best of the best. Most all eco-lodges
employ local indigenous guides who have been involved with research and
conservation and know the details about the birdlife in the regions in which they
specialise. This affords a great opportunity to interact with Indigenous Peoples who
have fascinating stories to share as well as local knowledge.
Equipment and Clothing
The weather in Guyana is hot and humid, which makes your packing list a bit easy.
Dull coloured breathable clothing that can be layered and that blends into the
environment is recommended. Carry mosquito repellent and sun protection including
a hat and sunscreen. Binoculars and cameras with extra batteries will ensure you
don’t miss anything. A light jacket for early mornings, a rain jacket for unexpected
showers, and waterproof boots or hiking shoes are recommended as well. Looking
for a more detailed packing list, we have you covered.
For a hassle-free birding trip, it is best to stay connected with local tour operators who can be your eyes and ears on the ground. Choose from seasoned tour operators, guides and itineraries to develop a plan to see the birds that are on your list based on your budget, interests and time availability.