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