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The Following Reports are available from Cuba:
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Cuba (Below)

Cuba, Caribbean birding at its best
February 1 - 13, 2014

  • What an amazing country! Not only is it full of endemics, wider Caribbean specials, and North American migrants, but these birds can be cleaned up on quite easily, while enjoying the pleasant climate, vibrant culture, 16th century Spanish architecture, stylish old American cars from the 50's, and some of the world's best snorkeling during lunch time siestas....Chris Lotz reports for Birding Ecotours.

Cuba Dec 12th-26th, 2013

  • I can't find any trip report that deals only with the area around the hotels at Varadero. My guess is that that would be useful for some...Jan Landsverk reports.

Cuba 13th-24th November 2013

  • After breakfast, we set out to explore the city on foot. Firstly, we made for the Malecon, an 8 kilometre road which runs along the sea wall. Here we had little trouble in locating Magnificent Frigatebird, Royal Tern and Laughing Gull....Allan and Charlotte Finlayson report.

Cuba 7th July - Aug 4th a report in.pdf format (107kB) by Diederik van der Molen

Cuba, 13th - 23rd March 2011

  • We were up as dawn broke [about 6am] and out at the front of the Hotel, eagerly searching for our first birds....There was no doubt about the bird of the morning - for some, the bird of the trip. Our first Red-Legged Thrush stole the show by a distance...Bob Biggs reports.

Cuba July 2010 a report in .pdf format (2Mb) by Ian Mills

Cuba 1-12 Feb 2010

  • We had just started eating breakfast when Josele had noticed a pair of Greater Antillean Orioles sat in some bamboo just outside the restaurant...Mark Easterbrook reports.

Cuba 3-17th January 2010 a report in .pdf format (1.5Mb) by Hans-Åke Gustavsson

You’re never very far from a Turkey Vulture 2nd - 16th July 2009

  • Before we had even left the airport at Holguin in Cuba for our Hotel near Guardalavaca, Turkey Vultures were soaring above. Abundant was definitely the right word for these birds which seemed to be overhead whenever eyes went to the skies for the next 2 weeks...Ian Hughes reports.

Playa Pesquero, Holguin, Cuba 16th-30th August 2006

  • This year we decided to spend our family summer holiday at the hotel Playa Pesquero in the Holguin province of Cuba. While the holiday was primarily a beach/snorkelling/relaxation holiday, I was able to take some pre breakfast and evening walks to a number of birding sites within 20 minutes of the resort....John Yates reports
Cuban Gnatcatcher

Cuba June 2006 

  • Go in March (or April), this is the single best time! You will see migrating American warblers, have a better chance at Gundlach’s Hawk and the quail-doves...Eduard Sangster reports

Cuba 1st-12th April 2006

  • After an extensive search, we finally heard a Gray-headed Quail-Dove, and it didn’t take long to track down the calling perched individual. Again, excellent views. Chino then took us to a nest site of Gundlach’s Hawk....Wim Heylen and Cindy Van den Broeck report.

Bee Hummingbird

Video: Cuba: Wild Island of the Caribbean.

  • Coming soon in the BBC Natural world series: A wildlife spectacular from Cuba, Jumping Crocodiles to the mating display of the Bee Hummingbird. Lots of endemic birds are featured, some in full song. 53 Minutes + 10 minutes of bonus material. Order direct from Free Spirit Films. £18.00 + P&P Available in all international standards. Superb and highly Recommended.

Cuba March 2005

  • Our aim was to see as many of Cuba's endemic bird species and subspecies as possible, as well as the general West Indian specialities. Considering our timing in March, many of the North American wintering migrants should be present in good numbers too...Tony Murray reports.

Cuba March 15th-22nd, 2001

  • This day would provide me with my highest ever total of lifers in one day, and Chino knows exactly where to find all the specialities. We saw four new birds in Estrella's garden before setting off: Cuban Emerald, Black-cowled Oriole, Tawny-shouldered Blackbird and Cuban Blackbird....Alex Kirschel reports

Birding Trip Report from Cuba late November/early December 2000

  • Our guide was of top quality, and within minutes, we had excellent views of Cuban Trogon, one of the species that was on my wish list for the trip. We also saw Yellow Headed warbler, Cuban Bullfinch, GL Cuckoo, Black and White warbler, West Indian woodpecker, Northern flicker, Grey Catbird, Cuban Grassquit, Mourning dove, Cuban Blackbirdand Cuban Peewee and two of the birds of the trip Black Cowled Orioleand Cuban Tody.....Derek Gruar reports

The Birds of Cuba (April 10-18th 1998)

  • "Isn't that an owl sitting up there, at the top of that tree?" We were birding in the cool mountain country of western Cuba, in pine forest in La Guira National Park. We had just searched successfully for Cuban Solitaire and were turning our attention to Olive-capped Warblers flitting high in the canopy, when Jack called out to us about an owl he'd spotted.....Richard Knapton reports




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Some Useful bird books for Cuba:
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Field Guide to Birds of Cuba
Garrido: Buy from or

  • This field guide is dedicated to Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean. It provides a brief and informative summary of what is known about the birds of Cuba, making it useful for birders and tourists alike.

Helm Identification Guides: Birds of the West Indies
Herbert Raffaele: Buy from or

  • This identification guide covers all the birds known to occur in the West Indies, a total of 563 species. Species texts cover all aspects of identification and include the full range of local names for the bird. Accompanying each speices text is a distribution map showing the bird's range within the West Indies. Every species is illustrated in the 86 colour plates, and many island "forms" (where relevant) are also depicted. The "locality checklist" included provides an at-a-glance, island-by-island guide to the distribution and status of all species. This is the BEST book available for the West Indies

A Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies (Peterson Field Guides)
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  • Describes more than four hundred species of birds and includes information on range and habitat. Essential reading.

Recommended travel books for Cuba:

Cuba: a Travel Survival Kit
David Stanley: Buy from or

  • If you are heading to Cuba for the first time then this book is indespensible. The latest edition (July 2000) has excellent up-to-date information to help you through the Cuban experience. There is a lot to understand about Cuba's rich mix of cultural diversity and turbulent history. This book acts as the perfect guide from the places to see through to the do's and don'ts.
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