The Jungle Babbler - Tropical Birding's newsletter

November 2nd, 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter! Check out our tour spotlight on short Spain and Morocco tours, which can all be easily combined. We also have the usual tour status updates, new tours, new trip reports, and upcoming events.


  • SOUTHERN SPAIN: The Europe Introtour 
Ask many birders where to go for a first birding trip in Europe, and many will answer emphatically: "SPAIN". We have set up this tour with this in mind. It is a good introductory tour to one of Europe's richest countries for birds. It has been designed as a short tour- just 9 days - and so links with a NORTHERN SPAIN tour running immediately afterward, and a MOROCCO tour immediately before. The Southern Spain tour is timed for when mighty Great Bustards display on the plains at Extremadura, but also takes in two of the best sites in the region, with Monfrague, famed for raptors like Spanish Imperial Eagle, and Cota Donana, famed for its large numbers of waterbirds, including the rare White-headed Duck.
  • MARVELOUS MOROCCO: North Africa in a Nutshell
Morocco and Southern Spain are well connected, making it easy to combine these destinations in a single 17-day tour. This 9-day circuit takes in the High Atlas Mountains, searching for Crimson-winged Finch and Levaillant's Woodpecker; but also covers the Sahara Desert, where larks take over, (of particular interest are Thick-billed and Greater Hoopoe Larks), but also Cream-colored Courser and a whole suite of wheatears too. Lastly, the tour covers the coastal region, visiting Agadir and checking in on the critically endangared Northern Bald Ibis, which has it stronghold there.
  • NORTHERN SPAIN: The Pyrenees, Belchite Steppes and Ebro Delta
This tour runs immediately after the Southern Spain tour, and is a perfect compliment to that tour, instead focusing on the mountainous north. The Pyrenees are home to some thrilling birds, which have very localized ranges in western Europe, like Wallcreeper, White-winged Snowfinch, and Citril Finch. Other key species on offer include Europe's largest woodpecker, the enormous Black, as well as White-backed Woodpecker. A trip to lower altitudes on the steppes, will see us run into a bunch of larks and sandgrouse, while the Ebro Delta adds a swathe of waterbirds, including large concentrations of flamingoes.

Next tour dates:
Marvelous Morocco: North Africa in a Nutshell 10-18 March 2017
Southern Spain: The Europe Introtour 19-27 March 2017
Northern Spain 27 March-2 April 2017 

We are offering a limited-time 10% discount on the following tour
Ecuador Photo Journey 14-23 January 2017

All of these tours are confirmed and still have space available at the time of writing. 

Birding tours:
Northwest Argentina 1-12 Dec 2016 (1 space)
Ecuador: The Andes Introtour 10-17 December 2016
Southern Ecuador: Highland Rarities & Tumbesian Endemics 7-23 Jan 2017 (3 spaces)
Ecuador: The Andes Introtour 22-29 January 2017 (5 spaces)
Northern Colombia: Santa Marta Mountains & The Caribbean 11-19 Feb 2017 (3 spaces)
Costa Rica: The Introtour (departure 2) 16-26 February 2017 (3 spaces)
The Philippines: Endangered Endemics 27 Feb-15 March 2017 (4 spaces)
Thailand: Mystical Asia 27 Feb-15 March 2017 (6 spaces)
Jamaica: The Caribbean Introtour 25-30 March 2017 (2 spaces)
Oaxaca: Legendary Birds and Temples 15-26 March 2017 (5 spaces)
Marvelous Morocco: North Africa in a Nutshell 10-18 March 2017 *Links with both Spain tours
Southern Spain: The Europe Introtour 19-27 March 2017 *Links with Morocco & Northern Spain
Northern Spain 27 March-2 April 2017 *Links with Southern Spain & Morocco
Kazakhstan: Birding the Silk Road 5-17 June 2017 *Links with Uzbekistan & Mongolia
Uzbekistan Extension 18-25 June 2017 (3 spaces) *Links with Kazakhstan & Mongolia
Mongolia: The Great Asian Wilderness 26 June-3 July 2017 *Links with Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan
Northern Peru: Across the Marañon Canyon 13-29 August 2017 (3 spaces)
Brazil: The Pantanal and Amazon 26 Aug - 9 Sep 2017 (3 spaces)
Brazil: The Atlantic Forest Introtour 10-17 September 2017 (2 spaces)
Eastern Australia: From Top to Bottom 23 Oct-11 Nov 2017 (3 spaces)

Photo tours:
Costa Rica Photo Journey 18 Feb-1 Mar 2017 (1 space)
Alaska Photo Journey 9-20 June 2017 (4 spaces)

Namibia Photo Journey 1-15 October 2017

Birding tours:
Colorado: Chasing Chickens 14-23 April 2017 (2 needed)
The Warbler Tour (USA): 3 States; 38 Warblers! 11-22 May 2017 (2 needed)
Costa Rica: The Introtour 15-25 July 2017 (2 needed)
South Africa: Fairest Cape to Kruger 8-24 Sept 2017 (2 needed)
Scotland and Ireland 4-10 June/10-14 June (2 needed)
Ecuador: The Andes Introtour 18-25 June 2017 (2 needed)
Ecuador: The Andes Introtour 5-12 August 2017 (2 needed)

Photo tours:
Ecuador Photo Journey 14-23 January 2017 (1 needed)
Ecuador Photo Journey 15-24 July 2017 (1 needed)
Falklands Photo Journey 2-16 December 2017 (2 needed)

These are just some of the tours we offer; for the complete tour schedule, please see our website at Also don't forget that we run dozens of customized private tours every year to these and many other destinations; a custom tour can be an attractive option for groups that enjoy traveling together, for those who want to get off the beaten track, or for people whose work schedules make joining a set-departure tour difficult.

Photo tours:
Yellowstone Photo Journey  30 Sept-6 Oct 2017
This classic photo tour focuses on the animals of North America's oldest park, with potential "models" being Bison, Pronghorn, Elk, Mule Deer, as well as Grizzly and Black Bears. Birds like Gray Jay, Clark's Nutcracker, and even Great Gray Owl may also feature too.

Birding tours:
Lowland Jungles of Borneo: Broadbills and Bristleheads 7-17 Sept 2017
Highlands of Borneo: Mount Kinabalu Extension 17-22 Sept 2017

Birding tours:
CUBA Nov 2017 and March 2018
GUATEMALA March 2018
BELARUS May 2018

Photo tours:
CUBA March 2018

We would like to welcome Australian Laurie Ross and Costa Rican Fito Downs to Tropical Birding, who both joined recently. Their profiles can be viewed here:
Fito Downs
Laurie Ross

For more trip reports, click here.

Yellowstone Photo Journey Oct 2016 (custom tour)
Australia's Top End Photo Tour Aug 2016 (custom tour)
Malaysia: The Asia Introtour June-July 2016 (set departure tour)
South Africa: Fairest Cape to Kruger Sept 2016 (set departure tour)

Catch up with the Tropical Birding guides and staff at the following events.

Nature Visions Photo Expo 18-20 November 2016. Iain will be heading down to this weekend event in Manassas, Virginia.
Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival 25-30 Jan 2017. Sam and Desiree will be heading to this Florida event, a long established birding festival entering its 20th year.

Just send us an email to or call us at (800) 348-5941 or +1-409-515-9110 to check availability and ask any questions you might have. We'll then send you a link to our online booking form. Once we receive your booking form, we'll send you invoice for the tour deposit.
Tropical Birding Tours
(800) 348-5941