The Guyana Tourism Authority has announced their Top 10 Must-See Birds of 2016. There are more than 878 species of birds from 79 different families that could be seen across Guyana? rainforest, such as the Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Scarlet Ibis, Guianan Red Cotinga, Capuchinbird and the Harpy Eagle. The 2016 list goes beyond Guyana? most known birds however, spotlighting exotic, rare and distinctively beautiful birds that any birder might love to see.
Although there are no bird species that have been found to be endemic to Guyana, on the 2016 list are birds that are uncommon, threatened, near endemic, and/or distinctive to the Guiana Shield, which is nearly 2 billion years old and is considered to be the earth? oldest surface. Whether by boat, small aircraft, or 4×4, the birds can be spotted at some of the best birding hotspots across Guyana, including Kaieteur National Park, Iwokrama Forest, Rupununi River, Essequibo Region, along the coastline areas, and in the capital of Georgetown. It? also a great opportunity to see jaguars, giant river otters, red howler monkeys, giant anteaters, and other species found in Guyana.
The 2016 list includes the following birds:
In Guyana, you can see birds like the blood-colored woodpecker.
1) Blood-colored Woodpecker
This species in the Picidae family is near endemic and confined only to the Guianan countries, including Guyana, and tends to remain discreet staying low to the grow and not as vocal.
2) Sun Parakeet (aka sun conure)
With fewer than 2,000 birds thought to survive in the wild, this highly sought after brightly colored endangered sun parakeet is highly social and noted for its loud squawking.
3) Red Siskin
Once thought to be extinct until researchers discovered several thousand red siskins in Guyana for the first time in 2000, Guyana is one of the only few places where this endangered small, red-and-black finch can be found and recognized for its high-pitched chitter. The Red Siskin can usually be found along the Rupununi savannas.
There aren’t many sun conures (also known as sun parakeets) left in the wild: Only around 2,000 birds remain.
4) Toco Toucan
Known for being the largest in the toucan family, the Toco Toucan is easily spotted with its strikingly beautiful bright yellow-orange bill that can grow from six to 9 inches in length. As poor fliers, this species can be spotted hopping from tree to tree or by its loud call and chatter. This species is endemic to the Guiana Shield.
5) White-Winged Potoo
Known for being elusive but can be heard from afar, this Nyctibiidae species is often spotted perched high up top at the Canopy Walkway at Iwokrama.
6) Dusky Purpletuft
This poorly known species is said to be uncommon but isn? threatened for population decline.
7) Bearded Tachuri
The vast savanna of The Rupununi is where this Tyrannidae species is likely to be found. However, the species is near threatened due to habitat loss.
Another bird you might see in Guyana is the toco toucan.
8) Crimson Fruitcrow
A large striking cotinga with thick, dark red beaks, this uncommon species has been sighted at the Canopy Walkway at Iwokrama.
9) Orange-Breasted Falcon
The status of this falcon is unknown and is near threatened. It can be spotted at Kaieteur National Park, one of the highest free falling waterfalls in the world.
10) Crestless Curassow
As the name implies, this Curassow can be identified because it has no crest. It is near threatened and can be found in The Rupununi.
To learn more about Guyana? birding hotspots, visit the Guyana Tourism Authority at Guyana-Tourism.com.