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Botanical Gardens - Santo DomingoSatellite View
The Botanical Gardens are a necessary stop on your first morning in Santo Domingo. The place opens at 8:00 am but for runners and birders it is open at 6:30 am (no charge). La Gran Canada is a great place for Limpkin, West Indian Whistling Duck, and Least Grebe. Many low land endemics and specialties are present here as well, such as: Hispaniolan Woodpecker, Palm Chats, Broad Billed Todies, Stolid Flycatchers, Black Whiskered Vireo, Palm Swifts, and others.
Parque del Este (Guaraguao entrance)Satellite View
This park is in the southeastern part of Dominican Republic which is right in between the Bavaro, Punta Cana, La Romana, Dominicus, and Bayahibe resort towns. The entrance of Guaraguao is past Dominicus and Bayahibe. Once you pass the park cabin there's a trail that will wind through the coastal dry forest. Within the park we can find Antillean Piculets, Parrots, Flat Billed Vireos, Black Whiskered Vireos, Pelicans, Gulls, Terns, and others. If you are on holiday with your non-birding spouse in one of the eastern resorts, Parque del Este will provide a great opportunity for a quick one-day trip.
Reserva de Ebano Verde and other Central Mountain Range Areas (Cordillera Central)Satellite View
The closest (1 hour and 30 minutes from Santo Domingo) and the best place is Reserva Cientifica de Ebano Verde. You take Duarte Highway north and exit on the Constanza ramp. Once you reach the highest point on the mountain of Casabito, there will be a sign to the right that indicates the entrance. You will find a 6-kilometer trail that descends to the second entrance. Along this trail you will find Trogons, Pewees, Palm Tanagers, Solitaires, Golden Swallows, Red Tailed Hawks, Striped Headed Tanagers, Hispaniola Emeralds, and if lucky, Eastern Chat Tanager. You need to find a ride back to your car from one of the park guards, unless you are willing to hike 6 kilometers back up. Ebano Verde might be a good option for those visiting one of the northern shore resorts. In that case, it is 1 hour south of Santiago. Other places include Valle Nuevo at an altitude of 2,200 meters, and La Cienaga in Parque J. Armando Bermudez. These two places are further away but will provide the same birds or less than Ebano Verde.
To get to Salinas you must turn left once you enter the town of Bani. Signs are confusing so you should stop and ask frequently for directions. Once you are out of Bani and on your way south, the road will lead you directly to Salinas. After the naval base, the mangroves on the right side will provide a good spot. Afterwards, keep driving to the salt mines and you will find more spots. It is best, once you are there, to walk to El Derrumbado, which is the beach section of Salinas.
Sierra de Bahoruco and Neighboring AreasSatellite View
Sierra de Bahoruco should be your number one choice for birding when you visit the DR. Unfortunately this area is one of the poorest in the country so you must keep an open mind when you visit. Regardless, the area is rich in natural beauty and the people are extremely friendly. Your should base your stay in the bustling town of Barahona where there are several hotels available that range from meager accommodations to the all-inclusive resorts. To access the closest spots in the southern and northern slopes of Bahoruco, you will need to drive about 1 hour and a half. Very early morning trips are essential if you want to get to these spots before dawn.
Number of bird species: 266
National Bird: Palm Chat Dulus dominicus
Number of endemics: 24
Whilst DR doesn't really have any endemics - the island of Hispaniola (DR is half of that island) has 24. All of them can be seen in DR. They are: Antillean Piculet Nesoctites micromegas Hispaniolan Woodpecker Melanerpes striatus Hispaniolan Trogon Priotelus roseigaster Narrow-billed Tody Todus angustirostris Broad-billed Tody Todus subulatus Bay-breasted Cuckoo Hyetornis rufigularis Hispaniolan Lizard-Cuckoo Saurothera longirostris Hispaniolan Parakeet Aratinga chloroptera Hispaniolan Parrot Amazona ventralis Hispaniolan Emerald Chlorostilbon swainsonii Ashy-faced Owl Tyto glaucops Least Poorwill Siphonorhis brewsteri Ridgway's Hawk Buteo ridgwayi Hispaniolan Pewee Contopus hispaniolensis Flat-billed Vireo Vireo nanus White-necked Crow Corvus leucognaphalus Palmchat Dulus dominicus La Selle Thrush Turdus swalesi Antillean Siskin Carduelis dominicensis Green-tailed Warbler Microligea palustris White-winged Warbler Xenoligea montana Black-crowned Palm-Tanager Phaenicophilus palmarum Grey-crowned Palm-Tanager Phaenicophilus poliocephalus Eastern Chat-Tanager Calyptophilus frugivorus
A Birdwatcher’s Guide to Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico & the Caymansby Guy Kirwan, Arturo Kirkconnell & Mike Flieg - Prion 2010
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A Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies(Peterson Field Guides) James Bond, Don R. Eckelberry (Illustrator); Arthur B. Singer (Illustrator) Paperback (September 1999) Houghton Mifflin Company
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Birds of the Dominican Republic & Haitiby Steven Latta, Christopher Rimmer, Allan Keith, James Wiley, Herbert Raffaele, Kent McFarland & Eladio Fernandez Illustrated by Bary Kent MacKay, Tracy Pedersen & Kristin Williams Helm Field Guides 2006 ?24.99 See Fatbirder Review
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The Birds of Hispaniolaby A. R. Keith, J. Wiley, S. Latta & J. Ottenwalder. £30 from British Ornithologists' Union | PO Box 417, Peterborough PE7 3FX, UK Tel & Fax +44 (0) 1 733 844 820
The birds of Hispaniola - Haiti and the Dominican Republicby Allan Keith, James Wiley, Steven Latta and Jos? Ottenwalder, BOU 2003
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The Birds of the West IndiesBy Herbert Raffaele, James Wiley, Orlando Garrido, Allan Keith & Janis Raffaele
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Palm Chat Dulus dominicus
National Zoo of the Dominican Republichttp://www.thebirdwhisperer.com/Zoodom.htm
news from the bird house...
Biodiversity & Protected AreasWebsite
Los Haitises National ParkWebsite
Guided tours are the only way to explore the many small islands and caves of the park...
Brief entries on all the parks...
Parque Nacional del EsteWebsite
As one of the Caribbean's largest marine parks, the park is a nursery for 112 of the Dominican Republic's 303 bird species. Eight species of birds are found only on Hispaniola, including the ashy-faced owl and the Hispaniolan lizard-cuckoo...
Wetland of International ImportanceWebsite
The Dominican Republic presently has 1 site designated as a Wetland of International Importance, with a surface area of 20,000 hectares...
1998 [August] - Joseph Brooks and Garry GeorgeReport
Dominican Republic turned out to be more of a challenge than Puerto Rico even though we had been warned through the trip reports we had read. Delays and disorganization were constant.
1999 [November] - Bruce PattersonReport
The highlights of the trip were watching a pair of Bananquit`s build a nest outside of our unit and all of the various hummingbirds that were constantly flitting here and there.
2000 [February] - Reto and Marg ZachReport
Being a distant island, the avifauna of the Dominican Republic is limited, although there can be many birds at favourable locations. There are some endemic species, many other breeders, and neotropical migrants, particularly warblers...
2001 [January] - Vaughn Morrison & Frank MurphyReport
Birding Highlights: 23 Hispaniolan endemics including Bay-breasted Cuckoo, La Selle Thrush, White-winged Warbler, Western Chat Tanager. 16 Caribbean endemics including West Indian Whistling-Duck, Loggerhead Kingbird, Golden Swallow, Rufous-throated Solitaire. 18 shorebird species including Snowy Plover. 18 warbler species including Cape May, Yellow-throated, Ovenbird. White-winged Crossbill nest found.
2004 [April] - Jo DaleReport
I went to the Dominican Republic with a non-birder friend, with the intention of learning to scuba dive. With this in mind, bird watching was not the main focus of our itinery and I`ve not been a very active birder in several years. I was also unable to locate a decent book on Dominican birds and therefore most identification has been made after the fact, using Internet resources upon return to the UK. I have been able to identify 28 different species of birds...
2004 [February] - Dave KlauberReport
The trip was successful, seeing all the endemics but 2, including flight views of Ridgway`s Hawk...
2005 [July] - Gareth JonesReport
Like a lot of tropical countries with thick vegetation birding (and particularly photography) is often challenging and a quite a few of the birds were seen as flyovers. The Catalina trip was disappointing from a birding point of view as I expected more shore and sea birds. The woodland on the island was horrendous for flies and I needed to spend ½ hr in the sea afterwards to cool the bites down!
2006 [March] - Mike TanisReport
...As the sky began to lighten we stepped out of the van into the crisp, chill morning air, and quickly munched some breakfast snacks as we began birding. A Chuck-will's-widow was calling, and we saw the bird fly out through the trees. Soon other birds began to vocalize: Red-legged Thrush, Bicknell's Thrush, some unidentified warblers, and Hispaniolan Euphonia all began vocalizing amid the constant wine-glass-rim tones of the Rufous-throated Solitaire. We spent the next two hours slowing birding our way about a mile up the road. While the activity was never overwhelming, there were very few dull moments. Birds seemed to always be moving around us, and we enjoyed a lot of good sightings...
2006 [March] - Paul Prevett & Candy McManimanReport
The sought after endemics and birding sites are for the most part well known, logistics generally quite straightforward and costs reasonable. Most islands are readily amenable to determined do-it-yourself birding, but knowledgeable guides are also available for somewhat more relaxed approaches. In addition, the various islands’ close proximity to each other invites convenient island-hopping itineraries...
2008 [November] - Steve BainesReport
After a European break to Southern Spain last year it was decided that a more exotic family holiday was due for 2008. I have always fancied the Dominican Republic as a destination and the family were up for it so we booked for 2 weeks all inclusive at the Clubhotel Riu Merengue about 15 km north west of Puerto Plata near Bahia Maimon...
Amazilia ToursTour Operator
The South-Western region (Sierra de Baoruco) combines these habitats with a semi-desert zone of thorny scrubs, cactus scrubs along with a beautiful coast, lagoons, lakes and cliffs. This area will be the region of interest of our trip. Indeed, the 28 endemics of the island have been recorded here as well as numerous Caribbean specialities. (near to 250 species total)...
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Focus on NatureTour Operator
...the Chat-Tanager, White-necked Crow, White-winged Warbler, Rufous-breasted Cuckoo, and Hispaniolan Parakeet. Even the more common birds of the island are interesting: the Palmchat not only is an endemic species, but is the only species in its family...
Tody ToursTour Operator
Tody Tours specializes in tropical birding tours in the Dominican Republic. Kate Wallace, owner and local guide, was the first bird specialist to lead birding tours based out of Santo Domingo...
This tour is an optional three-night pre-trip to the northeastern part of the Dominican Republic. We added this pre-trip in order to increase our chances of viewing more island endemics. The Ridgway's Hawk is one of the world's rarest birds, with probably no more than a handful of pairs remaining...
Site of the oldest European city in the New World, the Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of Hispaniola, second largest of the Greater Antilles. Dominated by the highest mountains in the Caribbean and ringed by a startlingly beautiful coastline, this varied landscape is home to more than 20 endemic bird species including an endemic family, the Palm-Chats...
122 hotels - contacts, facilities etc.
Villa La Perla NegraAccommodation
we are a unique property (a 10 bedroom private villa able to accommodate parties of 2 to 20 persons in total comfort) our private experienced staff is on call to cater to the ever need of your clients. We are unique in that our original design was for a Hotel so we are structured to accommodate larger groups more efficient that say a large house...
Ashy-faced Owl Tyto glaucopsWebsite
As the island`s trees have been chopped down, this has created ideal habitat for the Barn Owl at the expense of the more specialised Ashy-faced Owl - Conservation breeding programmes now seem to be the main hope of saving this unique bird from extinction...
En esta presentación escrita de nuestro trabajo trataremos sobre algunas especies que estudiamos y que logramos filmar...
The considerable bird population in the Dominican Republic is made up of indigenous species and wintering birds from the North American mainland. Look out for species such as the Hispaniolan parrot, the Hispaniolan woodpecker, the rarer Hispaniolan trogon and Hispaniolan parakeet, the palmchat (which nests in the royal palms on the coastal plains) and several types of owl and pigeon, including the endangered white-crowned pigeon...
Birds of the Dominican Republic by Eladio FernandezWebsite
These photos were taken in the Dominican Republic. All these pictures were taken using a 35 mm Canon AE2, a Canon 300mm f 4.0 IS lens, and in some instances a Canon 1.4X telextender. Clicking on each photo will take you to the web page of one of the other countries where this bird can also be found.
Checklist - Birds of the Dominican RepublicChecklist
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