Pico Bonito 2019: Birding Gem of Honduras

Keel billed motmot Pico Bonito by Alexander Alvarado
March 23 - 30, 2019
Tour Length: 8 days Est. Spaces Left: 10

Charming and luxurious lodge in the Honduran rainforest with easy access to the coast, marshlands, and offshore islands. Keel-billed Motmot, Lovely Cotinga, Black Hawk-Eagle, Honduran Emerald are easily found here.

Photo: Keel-billed Motmot by Alexander Alvarado


Future Departures:
March 21, 2020
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
10 (+1 High Lonesome & 1 local leader)
Birds; Photography; Interesting Insects;
Easy to Moderate ; 2 - 4 miles of moderately strenuous hiking
Double Accommodation:
$ 3600
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 750
$500 [per person]

Honduras lies at the cusp of northern and southern Central America. As such, it draws species from both areas. It also has sea coast on both the Caribbean and the Pacific and several mountain ranges rising to more than 7000 feet. Habitats range from coastal mangrove to cloud forest. As a consequence, over 700 bird species have been recorded there.

Our primary destination for this trip is world-class Pico Bonito Lodge bordering the Pico Bonito National Park. It’s only ten years old and is a member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World.” The cabins are nicely appointed and air-conditioned with decks overlooking the grounds. Primary rainforest extends from the lodge all the way up to the mountain peaks. The lodge itself sits in an oasis of lush plantings and rainforest. The food is served at a restaurant on grounds and is very good. There’s a pool for cooling off after a hot day of hiking. Birds are abundant around the lodge and cabins. Keel-billed Toucans, Collared Aracaris and Montezuma Oropendolas are especially common. Great Potoo, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Chestnut-colored Woodpecker, Blue-crowned Motmot, White-crowned Parrot, Olive-throated Parakeet and Boat-billed Flycatcher, among many others, are easily seen as well around the cabins and main lodge buildings. Agoutis are quite fearless and wander the grounds throughout the day.

We have a busy program of outings that will ensure we have a good opportunity to observe the signature species for this trip. Lovely Cotinga and Keel-billed Motmot, both difficult to find in most places, are relatively abundant at Pico Bonito and we should have no problem seeing them well. Boat-billed Heron, Bare-throated Tiger-Heron, Great Potoo,Turquoise-browed Motmot, and the endemic Honduran Emerald are other species we hope to find easily.

“Thanks for another great tour. Where else can you see 8 Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls and 2 Central American Pygmy-Owls in one day? Add to that our superb guide, Alex, who worked so hard to make absolutely sure we saw the Blue-throated Motmot, Resplendent Quetzal, Keel-billed Motmot, and all the other target species of the trip. Lake Yojoa was beautiful. The high country was lovely.

The group was congenial and fun. I don’t think I will ever forget watching Alex take off on that steep trail and all of us plunging headlong after him running as fast as we could…(I did not dare stop…there were 8 people hot on my heels!) arriving breathless…and then having such splendid looks at the Blue-throated Motmot! 

The very cooperative Agami Heron at Cuero y Salado was a personal delight for us…to be able to have such great looks at the bird was an experience of a lifetime.”P&P, CO



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  • Meeting Location

    San Pedro Sula


    Luxury cabanas.


    Includes all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8. Transport to and from the airport. Transport to birding locations. Services of local guides.


    alcoholic drinks, tips, laundry or other items of a personal nature.

  • Top Birds

    Keel-billed Motmot; Lovely Cotinga; Honduran Emerald; Black Hawk-Eagle; Great Potoo; Little Tinamou, Common Black Hawk, Laughing Falcon, Bat Falcon, Ornate Hawk-eagle, Ruddy Crake, Olive-throated Parakeet, White-crowned Parrot, White-fronted Parrot, Red-lored Parrot, Squirrel Cuckoo, Scaly-breasted Hummingbird, Violet Sabrewing, White-bellied Emerald, Black-headed Trogon, Gartered Trogon, Collared Trogon, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Blue-crowned Motmot, Rufous-tailed Jacamar, Collared Aracari, Keel-billed Toucan, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Smoky-brown Woodpecker, Lineated Woodpecker, Tawny-winged Woodcreeper, Streak-headed Woodcreeper, Great Antshrike, Barred Antshrike, Black-faced Ant Thrush, Ochre-bellied Flycatcher, Northern Bentbill, Common Tody Flycatcher, Bright-rumped Atilla, Masked Tityra, White-collared Manakin, Green-shrike Vireo, Long-billed Gnatwren, Blue-winged Warbler, Red-throated Ant Tanager, Crimson Collared Tanager, Passerini’s Tanager, Blue-grey Tanager, Yellow-winged Tanager, Buff-throated Saltator, Yellow-billed Cacique, Scrub Euphonia, Yellow-throated Euphonia, Olive-backed Euphonia

    Top Mammals

    Caribbean Manatee, Ocelot, Agouti

    Habitats Covered

    Rainforest, coastal estuaries, coral reefs, tropical dry forest

    Expected Climate

    Tropical, warm and humid.

  • Other Attractions

    Snorkeling, native culture, spectacular scenery. Excellent photographic opportunities.

    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • Scope and tripod (optional)
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
    • Water bottle
    • Small umbrella
    • Small day pack / fanny pack
    • Small flashlight
    • Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
    • Itch relief cream
    • Lip screen/balm
    • Prescription drugs - carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
    • OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
    • Toiletries
    • Small alarm clock
    • Field guides
    • Hiking Boots/Shoes
    • Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals
    • Light-weight long pants
    • Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
    • Hat with brim/visor
    • Safari (e.g., Tilly) hat
    • Rain jacket/wind breaker
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts
    • Swimsuit
    Recommended Reading
    • A Neotropical Companion (second edition)

      John Kricher (1997)
      Princeton University Press
    • A Guide to The Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America

      Steve N.G. Howell & Sophie Webb (1995)
      Oxford University Press



  • Lovely Cotinga by James Adams
  • Pico Bonito from above by James Adams
  • violet-crowned-woodnymph
  • Pico Bonito cabana interior by James Adams
  • Keel-billed Motmot by Manfred Kusch
  • Cracker Butterfly by Marianne Phillips
  • Pico Bonito scene by James Adams
  • Pico Bonito grounds from deck by Marianne Phillips
  • Pyrhopyge cometes (Hesperiidae family) by Marianne Phillips
  • Chestnut-colored Woodpecker by Marianne Phillips
  • Cuero & Salado Preserve, Honduras by Marianne Phillips
  • Bronzed Cowbird by Diana Fruguglietti
  • Tropical Gnatcatcher by Diana Fruguglietti
  • Prevost's Ground-Sparrow by Diana Fruguglietti
  • Pico Bonito view from the cabana by Marianne Phillips
  • Honduran Emerald by Marianne Phillips
  • Garufina fishing village, Honduras by Marianne Phillips
  • Garfuna fisherman, Honduras by Marianne Phillips
  • Fruiting Woman's Lips by Marianne Phillips
  • Dining room at Pico Bonito by Marianne Phillips
  • Deck at Pico Bonito by Marianne Phillips
  • Crested Owl by James Adams
  • Boat-billed Heron by Marianne Phillips
  • Keel-billed Toucan by Marianne Phillips
  • Hibiscus rosa-sinensis by James Adams
  • Giant Dragonfly by Marianne Phillips
  • Bare-throated Tiger-Heron by James Adams
  • Brown Violet-ear by James Adams
  • Chestnut-colored Woodpecker by James Adams
  • Collared Aracaris by James Adams
  • Giant Leaf Katydid by James Adams
  • Glass-winged Butterfly by James Adams
  • Pico Bonito National Park scene by James Adams
  • Pico entryway by James Adams

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