Bird

Bird Watching in Tobago

From a distance the most striking characteristics of Tobago are its unspoilt, secluded, sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Though if you take a closer look, you’ll discover a world of exotic flora and fauna, including over 230 species of bird. The island’s bird population makes bird watching one of the most popular and rewarding activities on the island. 

From a distance the most striking characteristics of Tobago are its unspoilt, secluded, sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Though if you take a closer look, you’ll discover a world of exotic flora and fauna, including over 230 species of bird. The island’s bird population makes bird watching one of the most popular and rewarding activities on the island. 

An undiscovered haven for visitors of every kind 

From tropical rainforest, to mangrove swamps, marshland, open country, coastline, gardens, parks, scrubland and even a separate seabird island sanctuary – Tobago is a naturally welcoming landscape for birds. We even have the world’s first protected rainforest – the Main Ridge Forest Reserve. 

Experienced birders can seek out specific species in these habitats, but you’re never far from enjoying a variety of exotic bird life – even from the comfort of your hotel or villa. The bananaquit, or sugarbird, might join you at your breakfast table where you’ll see how it got its nickname; you may wake up to the chorus of the tropical mockingbird singing; glance up at a branch and you may spot the strikingly beautiful plumage of the blue-crowned motmot, known locally as the ‘king of the woods’.  

When’s best for bird watching in Tobago? 

December to April is the prime time to spot the most birds. Before the wet season, especially March and early April, is when many forest species are at their most active and migratory species, stopping over on the way to North America, are at their peak. 

You can be assured of good field observations whenever you visit Tobago though, as the island has a huge range of permanent resident birds.

Birdwatching Sites

101 reasons Tobago - Birdwatching Little Tobago
101 reasons Tobago - Main Ridge Gilpin Trail
main ridge trails
Flagstaff Hill
Adventure Farm Nature Reserve