Birdwatching in Guyana

by J. Denys Bourque, Professional Forester
(Saint-Jacques, NB CANADA)

Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock

Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock

Guyana is a very fine place for birding, with just about 900 species comprised of resident birds, northern migrants, birds from southern South America and vagrants.

The wide variety in habitat, with seashore, mangrove, rainforest of various types, rivers and creeks, different types of savannah, mountains including tepuis, contributes to this high diversity.

The country's capital city, Georgetown, alone has just under 200 birds, including migrants, and many can be observed at leisure along the Seawall that protects the city, and in the city's beautiful Botanical Garden where I once had 5 different species of herons in my telescope sights at one time.

In 2009-2011 I also had a Black-crowned Night Heron roost in a large tree in my back yard. Barn Owls are not uncommon within the city.

I also once saw nine Greater Flamingoes flying together along the shore, Georgetown and thrice I recorded a single immature bird of the species flying over coastal areas.

The spectacular Scarlet Ibis seems to be expanding eastward: It is occasionally seen at the Demerara River bridge crossing, along the seawall, West Coast Demerara and along the beautiful Pomeroon River.

Guyana's hinterland too has its specialities including Cock of the Rock, Sun Parakeet, Harpy Eagle, Mount Roraima endemics and of course Guyana's national bird, the Hoatzin, locally called Canje Pheasant.

Facilities are very good in Georgetown and new resorts are opening every year throughout the country.

Happy birding!

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