Birding Tour Honduras: Rare Motmots and Ocellated Quail 2017

Duration: 15 days

Our next excursion is Birding Tour Honduras! Honduras, still mostly off the beaten track, is a hidden birding gem in Central America. Many people do not realize that this small country is the regional leader in terms of the percentage of land set aside as national parks and preserves, surpassing even Costa Rica in this regard. Sitting astride the Northern Central America endemic region, this increasingly popular country also boasts an impressive diversity of regional endemics within its many ecosystems, such as Bushy-crested Jay and Green-breasted Mountaingem. In addition, several bird species are easier to see here than elsewhere in their range, such as Lovely Cotinga and Keel-billed Motmot. For those who love motmots, Honduras happens to be the center of diversity for this family. Our carefully designed itinerary targets most of the Northern Central America endemics as well as five species of motmots, including the rare and sought-after Tody and Blue-throated Motmots.

We begin Birding Tour Honduras in the highlands above Lake Yojoa, targeting localized species such as Rufous-breasted Spinetail and Prevost’s Ground Sparrow, while also hopefully enjoying our first sightings of the colorful and charismatic Blue-crowned, Keel-billed, and Turquoise-browed Motmots. The cloudforests in the southern part of the country offer chances to observe the rare Fulvous Owl, the hallowed Resplendent Quetzal, the obscure Blue-throated Motmot, and more. As we continue our journey northward, we make a special stop near the town of La Unión for a couple days to seek the elusive Ocellated Quail. Afterwards we target the only strictly endemic bird of Honduras, the endangered Honduran Emerald. Saving the best for last, we finish the trip at the luxurious The Lodge at Pico Bonito – a site famous for its unique combination of excellent amenities and exceptional birding. We can often see the lodge’s signature species, the electric Lovely Cotinga, from the restaurant! Within the deeper forest trails we will keep a watch out for the fifth motmot species possible on this tour, the toy-like Tody Motmot. We schedule this tour in early spring, when bird activity is high and the weather generally dry.

Birding Tour Honduras can be combined with our 24-day Complete Costa Rica, Parts I and II 2017 (13 March – 5 April 2017) tour for a stunning Central American mega tour.

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