The Jungle Babbler - Tropical Birding's newsletter

January 2016

Happy New Year! We've added a bunch of new destinations in Europe to our tour lineup; TB has come a long way from its "tropical" roots. When visiting remote and icy destinations such as South Georgia, Alaska, and Svalbard, we are often asked "Why is your company called Tropical Birding"? A fair question - Tropical Birding started in 2001 by several bird guides based in South America and Africa; initially all of our tours really were in tropical areas, and the name was catchy so it stuck. We still like it, even though we now offer tours all over the planet.

In this edition of the newsletter, we're listing forthcoming tours you might be interested in, new additions to our tour lineup, recently published trip reports, and an upcoming event that we will be attending.

We are offering a limited-time 10% discount on the following tours
TAIWAN: Formosan Endemics (17 - 30 April 2016)
COSTA RICA: Border to Border (6-24 April 2016; 2 more bookings needed to confirm) 

All these tours are confirmed and still have space available at time of writing. Except for Oaxaca, all associated extensions have space as well.

Birding tours:
Ecuador: The Andes Introtour 14-21 February
Thailand: Mystical Asia 1-17 March (this tour needs to be finalized very soon)
Ghana: Picathartes and Egyptian Plover 7-20 March (1 space available)
Spain: The Introtour 22-28 March
Mexico - Oaxaca: Legendary Birds and Temples 23 March - 3 April
USA - Colorado: Chasing Chickens from Prairie to Mountaintop 16-24 April
USA - Magee Marsh, Kirtland’s Warbler & The Upper Peninsula of Michigan 9-15 May 
Scotland & Ireland: Highlands, Hebrides and Emerald Isle 4-10 June (2 available)
Brazil: The Pantanal and Amazon 25 June - 9 July
Lowland Jungles of Borneo: Broadbills and Bristleheads 2-12 July
Brazil: The Atlantic Forest Introtour 10-17 July
Malaysia: The Asia Introtour 25 June - 2 July
Ecuador: The Andes Introtour 6-13 August
Eastern Australia: From Top to Bottom 23 October - 11 November
Southeast Brazil: Atlantic Rainforest and Savanna 20 October - 8 November
Kazakhstan: Birding the Silk Road (2017 tour) 5-17 June (1 space available)

Birding tours:
Morocco: North Africa in a Nutshell 14-22 March (1 more needed)
Poland: Primeval Forests and Marshes of Eastern Europe 27 May - 5 June (2 more needed)
Ecuador: The Andes Introtour 18-25 June (2 more needed)
Eastern Ecuador: High Andes to Vast Amazon 24 June - 8 July (2 more needed)
Ecuador: The Andes Introtour 23-30 October (2 more needed)
Eastern Ecuador: High Andes to Vast Amazon 29 October - 12 November (2 more needed)
Madagascar: The Eight Continent 7-23 November (1 more needed)

Photo tours:
Ecuador Photo Journey 8-17 March (2 more needed)
Colorado Photo Journey 24 April - 1 May (2 more needed)
Ecuador Photo Journey 9-18 July (2 more needed)
Brazil Photo Journey 28 August - 7 September (2 more needed)
Ecuador Photo Journey 29 November - 8 December (2 more 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.

Belgium and The Netherlands: Western Europe’s Winter Waterbird Spectacle
Iceland: Birding and Whale Watching in the Land of Fire and Ice
Northern Spain: The Pyrenees, Belchite Steppes and Ebro Delta
Oman: Two Prized Bird Families at the Crossroads of Asia and Africa
Scotland and Ireland: Caledonian Highlands, The Hebrides and the Emerald Isle
South Georgia: The Jewel of the South Atlantic

For more trip reports, click here.

Alaska, June 2015 (set departure tour)
Bhutan and Kaziranga, April 2015 (set departure tour)
Borneo (including extension), Jun-Jul 2015 (set departure tour)
Brazil: The Pantanal and Amazon, June-July 2015 (set departure tour)
Brazil: The Pantanal and Amazon, July 2015 (set departure tour)
Brazilian Pantanal, Aug 2015 (custom tour)
China: Sichuan & Tibetan Plateau May-June 2015 (custom tour)
Comoros, Dec 2015 (custom tour)
Costa Rica: The Introtour, July 2015 (set departure Group 1)
Costa Rica: The Introtour, July 2015 (set departure Group 2)
Costa Rica, July-Aug 2015 (custom tour)
Eastern Australia: Top to Bottom, Oct-Nov 2015 (set departure tour)
Ethiopia Photo Journey, Oct-Nov 2015 (custom tour)
Kenya & Tanzania, May-June 2015 (custom tour)
Madagascar, Oct 2015 (custom tour)
Madagascar, Nov 2015 (custom tour)
Malaysia, June 2015 (set departure tour)
Namibia & Botswana, Sep 2015 (set departure tour)
Peru: Manu and Machu Picchu, Aug-Sept 2015 (set departure tour)
Peru (Northern), Sept-Oct 2015 (set departure tour)
Poland, May 2015 (set departure tour)
South Africa: Fairest Cape to Kruger, Sept-Oct 2015 (set departure tour)
South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal, Oct-Nov 2015 (custom tour)
South Africa, Oct 2015 (custom tour)
Southern Ecuador, January 2015 (set departure tour)
Sulawesi & Halmahera (Indonesia), Aug-Sept 2015 (set departure)

Tandayapa Bird Lodge is our partner lodge in the Andes of Northwest Ecuador, and a key destination on our Andes Introtour, Northwest Ecuador tours, as well as the Ecuador Photo Journey. If you can't make one of those tours, Tandayapa can still arrange a birding or photography package for you. Mention "The Jungle Babbler" when you book, and receive a 20% discount on accommodation for your visit between now and May 31st, 2016 (offer applies to accommodation only, not to meals or other services such as guiding and transport).


Spring migration in High Island, Texas - late March to early May 2016. Tropical Birding will once again team up with Houston Audubon to offer guided walks in their sanctuaries.

Tropical Birding Tours
(800) 348-5941

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