From montane cloud forests and lush tropical habitats, to the limestone karst and sparkling turquoise waters off the coast, the Dominican Republic hosts 32 avian endemics, including Palmchat, the single representative of the family Dulidae.
As one of the most enticing birding destinations in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of Hispaniola, the second-largest island in the Greater Antilles. The varied landscapes and friendly people provide for ample interest during our week-long birding tour, spanning multiple elevations in several locations.
We’ll focus on the rugged Sierra de Bahoruco National Park, where most of the country’s endemics and specialties can be found. In the high-elevation forests, we’ll look for Eastern Chat-Tanager, White-fronted Quail-Dove and La Selle Thrush. In the broadleaf evergreen forests we find Hispaniolan Spindalis, Green-tailed Ground-Tanager and Narrow-billed Tody. Amongst pine forests we’ll look for Hispaniolan Crossbill, Golden Swallow, and Antillean Siskin.
The expansive Lago Enriquillo basin hosts American Flamingos, and various species of herons, shorebirds, and waterfowl. Endemic Hispaniolan Palm Crow, White-necked Crow and Broad-billed Tody frequent the arid mesquite scrub that ring the lagoon. We’ll spend time on the north shore of the island looking for the rare, critically-endangered Ridgway’s Hawk, confined only to the forested foothills of Los Haities National Park.
Focus of the Trip
32 endemics, that will include 2 evenings of night birding for 3 endemics, Ashy-faced Owl, Least Pauraque and Hispaniolan Nightjar, and at least 1 early morning start. There will also be a few endemic subspecies and a handful of other Caribbean specialties. Overwintering neo-tropical warblers, some waders, a few seabirds and shorebirds will also be seen. A small number of butterflies and reptiles can be seen.
SOME TRIPS MAY BE COMBINED WITH OUR PUERTO RICO 5-DAY TOUR
SOME TRIPS MAY BE COMBINED WITH OUR JAMAICA ENDEMICS TOUR
NOTE: When combining two of these trips, we include a FREE hotel night between trips!