Bird Watching in Guanahacabibes National Park


Guerrillero reports that favored by its geographical position, the state of conservation of its ecosystems, and the exhaustive work of scientists, the Guanahacabibes peninsula, on the westernmost tip of Cuba, is a prime destination for bird watching and that some of the many species found there can only be found in Cuba:

Over the last five years, the number of visitors interested in this nature tourism option has been on the rise, motivated by the 221 species identified in the territory, including 16 of the 26 birds endemic to Cuba.

Osmani Borrego, chief expert at the Guanahacabibes National Park, explains that along the peninsula there are four sites (Los ingleses, Caleta del Piojo, La Bajada and the Hoyo del Palmar trail) intended for birdwatching, given the large number of species that can be observed here. Among these, some can only be found in Cuba, and constitute ecologic rarities, such as the bee hummingbird, the blue-headed quail-dove, the Cuban trogon and the Cuban tody.

[. . .] The specialist notes that the growing interest in birdwatching on the western end of the island is a result of research carried out over the years by several institutions affiliated with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA), thanks to which the number of species, their populations, habits, and the sites with a greater presence have been determined.

[. . .] He also explained that since 2012, a migratory birds festival is held annually in Guanahacabibes, aimed at the environmental education of communities located in the peninsula, with tours through natural areas, photo exhibitions, contests, and conferences, which has helped to significantly reduce the hunting and capture of these birds.

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