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Here you will find details of our programme of birdwatching tours which we hope will be of interest.  We have tried to make our website as clear and as easy to navigate around as possible, with all the information you will need about each tour available on the relevant page.

If you have any questions about our tours, or Sunbird in general, please call us on 01767 262522, or email 

We look forward to travelling with you. Steve Rooke 

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Restricted to the western slope of the Andes, a Pale-mandibled Aracari is seen on our tour to Ecuador: Mindo and the Northwest Andes.

Forthcoming Tours

We still have spaces on the following:   

South Africa - Kalahari to the Cape: 3 - 18 September

Peru - Machu Picchu & Manu-Kosnipata Road: 10 - 21 September

Cuba: 26 October - 7 November

Panama - The Canopy Tower: 12 - 18 November

Ghana - Gold Coast to the North: 14 - 28 November

Panama - Darien Lowlands: 25 November - 2 December

South India: 26 November - 10/17 December

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Uganda - Gorillas and Shoebills
23 June - 8 July 2018

Uganda is the jewel in the crown of East Africa with some of the best remaining forest in Africa and some truly remarkable birdwatching. we’ll search for enigmatic Shoebill on the fringes of Lake Victoria and seek out White-cbacked Night Heron on the papyrus-fringed lakeshore of Lake Mburo National Park. The wonderful Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magical place of mists, hanging mosses and luxuriant vegetation and it is also where we’ll see some of the rarest and most exotic birds of the trip. However, it will probably be a mammal that is uppermost in people’s minds here. Over half the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas can be found in this forest and during our stay there will be the option to take part in a guided trek to search for a group of these magnificent animals. The tour is led by Brian Finch.

Panama - Bocas del Toro and the Western Highlands

17 - 26 November with Gavin Bieber

The many mangrove-fringed islands of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago have long attracted those with a sense of adventure, and a new ecolodge built on Isla Bastimentos adjacent to a large protected area of coastal forest now serves as a very comfortable base for the visiting naturalist. 

The highlands of western Panama encompass a large area of lightly developed mountains. Forests draped in bromeliads over a carpet of tree ferns and mosses cloak the upper reaches of the hills, while the verdant valleys play host to small coffee plantations and rural villages, all under the shadow of multiple volcanoes. These highlands, shared with neighbouring Costa Rica, have been designated a globally-important bird area, with over 50 regional endemic birds.

For those interested in a longer tour with a truly mind-boggling diversity of birds, this trip can be combined with our tour, Panama: The Darién Lowlands where gems such as this Golden-collared Manakin await.


Guatemala: Birding amongst the forests and Mayan ruins
6 - 15/18 April 2018 with Luke Seitz

The highlands of Guatemala’s Pacific slope are famous worldwide for three birds: the improbable-looking Pink-headed Warbler, the bizarre and critically endangered Horned Guan and the stunning Goldman’s Warbler (pictured above), soon to be split as Guatemala’s only true endemic. Less well known are the astonishing concentrations of boreal migrants that share these cool montane forests with a vast selection of Central American specialities and we’ll take plenty of time to enjoy fully the diversity of the region’s birdlife and to appreciate the charm of baroque Antigua. Our short Tikal Extension takes us even further back in time and into tropical lowland habitats with a completely new suite of birds. Watching Ocellated Turkeys, parrots and perhaps even the local pair of Orange-breasted Falcons among the ruins of one of the greatest cities ever built in the New World is an experience no birder should miss. 





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