The Jungle Babbler - Tropical Birding's newsletter

March 14, 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter! We're highlighting a great tour to Peru in Aug-Sep, as well as providing tour status updates, new tours, new trip reports, and upcoming events.



Join us on a fabulous trip to the mountains, cloudforests, and lowland Amazonian rainforests of Southeast Peru! This area has a staggering diversity of birds (it's not unusual to see over 600 species) and other wildlife which we will enjoy from a nice selection of eco-lodges and hotels. We start our birding in Cusco and do easy birding nearby to acclimatize to the altitude, then spend several days traversing the famous Manu road for a terrific assortment of colorful birds like hummingbirds, tanagers, quetzals, toucans, and of course Andean Cock-of-the-rock. We'll then use boats to visit two different lodges along the Madre de Dios River (a tributary of the Amazon), with a whole different selection of birds as well as a clay lick frequented by parrots, parakeets, and Red-and-green Macaws.

Upon returning from the Amazon, we head to the Sacred Valley and spend a day birding the high mountains nearby, where on a clear day the scenery is spectacular, dominated by snow-capped, rocky peaks. A visit to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu adds a dash of culture to this trip, as well as a few  new birds, before we finally fly back to Lima. We'll have most of a day to see some coastal and desert birds before the trip comes to a close.

Next tour dates:
26 August - 12 September

$7150; single supplement: $1100
Tour confirmed and space available
Leader: José Illanes

Click here for the complete itinerary and tour details.

We are offering a temporary 10% discount on the June and August 2017 departures of ECUADOR: THE ANDES INTROTOUR - offer expires March 31st, 2017. 

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

Birding tours:
Jamaica: The Caribbean Introtour 25-30 March 2017
THE Warbler Tour: 3 States; 38 Warblers! (USA) 11-22 May 2017
Kazakhstan: Birding the Silk Road 5-17 June 2017
Uzbekistan Extension 18-25 June 2017
Mongolia: The Great Asian Wilderness 26 June-3 July 2017
(The previous three can be linked together)
Costa Rica: The Introtour 15-25 July 2017
Peru: Manu and Mach Picchu 26 Aug-12 Sept 2017
Galapagos: Birding and Nature Photography Cruise 13-22 Oct 2017
Eastern Australia: From Top to Bottom 25 Oct-13 Nov 2017
Madagascar: The Eighth Continent (main tour) 3 - 19 November 2017

Photo tours:
Namibia Photo Journey 1-15 October 2017
Alaska Photo Journey 9-20 June 2017 (1 space)
Ecuador Photo Journey 15-24 July 2017
South Africa Photo Journey (main tour) 21 Oct-4 Nov 2017
Galapagos: Birding and Nature Photography Cruise 13-22 Oct 2017
South Africa: Big Cat Extension 4-7 Nov 2017

Birding tours:
Ecuador: The Andes Introtour 18-25 June 2017 (2 needed)
Ecuador: The Andes Introtour 5-12 August 2017 (1 needed)
South Africa: Fairest Cape to Kruger 8-24 September 2017 (1 needed)
South Africa: Drakensberg The Barrier of Spears Extension 24-30 September 2017 (1 needed)
Ecuador: The Andes Introtour 23-30 October 2017 (2 needed)

Photo tours:
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.


Birding tours:
Myanmar 4-16 February 2018
Israel: Migration Hotspot at the Crossroads of Asia, Africa & Europe 11-22 March 2018

Photo tours:
Yellowstone Photo Journey  30 Sept-6 Oct 2017


Birding tours:
Lowland Jungles of Borneo: Broadbills and Bristleheads 7-17 Sept 2017
Highlands of Borneo: Mount Kinabalu Extension 17-22 Sept 2017
Ecuador: The Andes Introtour (various dates in 2018)
Northern Colombia: The Santa Marta Mountains & The Caribbean 10-18 March 2018

Photo tours:
Ecuador Photo Journey  (several departures in 2018)
Costa Rica Photo Journey 5-16 February 2018 & 16-27 February 2018*

For more trip reports, click here.

Canada: Winter Owls and Boreal Birding, Feb 2017 (custom tour)
Costa Rica: The Introtour (group 1), Feb 2017 (set departure tour)
Northern Colombia (group 1), Feb 2017 (set departure tour)
Central Peru, Aug 2016 (custom tour)

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

Spring Migration in the US - In addition to the events listed below, many of our guides will be roaming some of the birding hotspots in the Midwest, such as Magee Marsh - look for the red and orange caps!

High Island, Texas - April 7-30. Spring is only a few weeks away! Come visit us in High Island and experience the famous spring migration spectacle. Tropical Birding will be offering guided walks to Houston Audubon bird sanctuaries in and around High Island. The schedule of walks is on the Birding High Island website. Even if you don’t join a walk, feel free to stop by the birding center opposite Boy Scout Woods and chat with our guides.

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival - May 4-7. Several Tropical Birding guides will be attending this year’s festival in Porter, Indiana, and helping to lead bird walks. Click here for the festival website.

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