Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory situated in the mid-Atlantic, about 600 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It is the second most isolated inhabited island in the world, but readily accessible with daily flights from gateway cities including Atlanta, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Toronto. Five or six flights a week fly direct to London Gatwick. Bermuda has a sub-tropical climate with summer maximum temperatures reaching the high 80's (°F) and winter temperatures rarely falling below 60°F. Nearly 60 inches of rain is spread fairly evenly throughout the year.
Bermuda's economy is based on a large international business sector and tourism. Per capita incomes are among the highest in the world and the cost of living is expensive. With over 65,000 people on 21 sq. miles, it is also one of the most densely populated countries in the world - but there are still plenty of good birding locations.
About 375 species of birds have been recorded in Bermuda. As an isolated oceanic island, it is often regarded as impoverished with only 19 resident species. In addition, the Bermuda Petrel (Cahow); White-tailed Tropicbird (Longtail) and Common Tern visit Bermuda to breed. Only the Bermuda Petrel Pterodroma cahow is truly endemic, while some ornithologists regard the Bermudian sub-species of White-eyed Vireo to be an endemic sub-species Vireo griseus bermudianus.
The vast majority of birds are migrants, with a far more obvious passage of birds in the fall months rather than the spring. Migrants do not remain for long due to the lack of suitable feeding habitat (warblers being a notable exception). Many rare birds are blown way off course during migration, especially in the fall, when birds are taking a more easterly route. About 100 species are present in the winter months including more than 20 species of wood warbler. The hot summers are the least productive bird-wise. Resident birders are able to record about 200 species in a single year.
Habitats are varied: coast and shore; ponds and marshes; parks and gardens; woods and mangroves; farmland and golf courses; urban areas and dumps. For guidance on where to go and what to expect at different times of the year, visit the Bermuda Audubon Society's web site - There is a host of information including: an annotated bird checklist; birding locations; birding through the seasons; bird news; featured articles on the Cahow; field trips; environmental issues; links to Bermuda and foreign web sites and much, much more. Better still, come to Bermuda and see it for yourself!
Number of Species
Number of bird species: 392
As of 1st January 2016
National Bird - Cahow Pterodroma cahow
Number of endemics: 1
Bermuda Petrel Pterodroma cahow
[the Bermudian sub-species of White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus bermudianus is also endemic.
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A Birdwatching Guide to Bermuda
by Andrew Dobson - Probably the most comprehensive guide to bird finding for any area outside Great Britain - Arlequin Press - 2002 - 176 pages including 24in full colour. Price ?13.95
ISBN: 1900159716Buy this book from NHBS.com
A Field Guide to the Birds of Bermuda
by Andre Raine Macmillan Pocket Natural History Series
ISBN: 033397106XBuy this book from NHBS.com
A Guide to the Birds of Bermuda
EJR Amos 206 pages, 19 col plates, b/w illus, figures, maps. 1991 - currently reprinting
ISBN: 13640Buy this book from NHBS.com
Guides & Tour Operators
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…
CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.
2013 [11 November] - Max Berlijn - Quest for the rarest Petrel of the North Atlantic
Illustrated and annotated list
2006 [11 November] - Craig Faanes
Although Bermuda is high on the list of “gotta get to” places for the rich and famous, it’s not really that much of a stopover area for bird watchers. The reason is simple. Other than the Bermuda Petrel (Cahow), there is not much reason for anyone interested in birds to travel there. Yet, for someone with wanderlust and an incurable affliction for islands, Bermuda is an understandable place to want to spend a few days…
Places to Stay
OceanWinds Villa and B&B
Let the sound of surf caress your mind as you relax in the hammock, swing in the garden or, lounge on the terrace and watch the Bermuda Longtails (national bird) soar over the ocean…
Barngrove Apartments are run by keen birders…
Bermuda National Trust
Promoting conservation in Bermuda.
Bermuda Audubon Society
Bermuda's spring migration is certainly not as dramatic as the fall migration. In the fall we can witness thousands of birds travelling south but most in rather dull non-breeding plumage or drab coloured juveniles. During the spring months, birders have to search out migrants traveling north from Central and South America to North America – but the prize – brightly coloured birds in breeding plumage. Blue Grosbeaks, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Indigo Buntings, Scarlet tanagers - all as colourful as their name suggests.
Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds
The Society of Caribbean Ornithology (founded in 1988) was recently renamed and incorporated as the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB) and formally registered as a tax-exempt organization by the United States Internal Revenue Service. The society's new name reflects many years of discussion among members and officers about a name that both describes the full range of activities of its members and is more recognizable to the public…
Parks, Gardens & Nature Reserves
With its varied flora & fauna Bermuda explodes with vibrant colours. The Bermuda Government and organisations such as the National Trust and Audubon Society have worked tirelessly to create open spaces that can be enjoyed by all. Their dedication has resulted in a variety of beautiful parks and nature reserves throughout the island…
Paget Marsh Nature Reserve
Paget Marsh is also a peaceful habitat for many native birds, including the white-eyed vireo, and attracts a variety of migratory species such as the northern cardinal…