First Steps To Birding In Guyana
EXQUISITE BIRDS OF GUYANA
LOCAL LIFE AROUND THE MAHAICA RIVER
HOWLER MONKEYS AND OTHER MAMMALS
The adage “an early bird catches the worm” rings true for birdwatching tours. Start when the night sky is lighting up during your 50 minutes scenic ride from Georgetown. Along the way, enjoy green fields flanking the road and catch glimpses of villages stirring into action.
Upon arriving at Big Baiboo landing, board a 6-seater aluminium boat and begin your birding experience on the Mahaica River. Within the first five minutes of the tour you are bound to see several Canje pheasants, (Opisthocomus hoazin), the national bird of Guyana. The Mahaica river is home to a thriving population of these paired-for-life hoatzins, a rare Amazonian bird.
Over 158 species have been counted in this region. Expect to see the Ring-necked Seedeaters, Fly-catchers, Kingfishers, Yellow Orioles, Rufous, Black Hawks, Lineated/Crimson-crested Woodpeckers, Kiskadees, Cuckoos, Hummingbirds and Chachalacas to name just a few.
Arriving at the upper section of farmlands along the river, the banks become more densely wooded and are home to two groups of howler monkeys. If you are lucky you will also see otters frolicking in the water or caimans basking on the river banks. For more information, please contact Mahaica Birding Tours.