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    Grey-winged Trumpeter by David Beadle, a very difficult bird to get such a great image of.

    SURINAME

    Best Wildlife in Suriname

    Mammals
    A chance of Collared Anteater, Pale-throated Three-toed Sloth, Red-handed Tamarin, Brown Capuchin, (Guianan) Red Howler, Red-backed Bearded Saki, Guianan Saki, Black Spider and Common Squirrel Monkeys, and Giant River Otter. In addition, Golden-handed Tamarin is possible out of Kabalebo Lodge in western Suriname.


    Birds

    Guiana Shield Endemics (Out of about 80 in the Guianas, southern Venezuela and Brazil north of the Amazon River)
    Marail Guan, Black-headed Parrot, Yellow-billed Jacamar, Guianan Toucanet, Green Aracari, Blood-coloured and Golden-collared Woodpeckers, Band-tailed and Black-throated Antshrikes, Spot-tailed Antwren, Rufous-throated Antbird, Painted Tody Flycatcher, Capuchinbird, Guianan Cock-of-the-rock, Dusky Purpletuft, White-fronted and White-throated Manakins, Saffron-crested and Tiny Tyrant Manakins, Blue-backed Tanager and Finsch's Euphonia. Also a chance of Boat-billed Tody Tyrant and White Bellbird (Oct-Mar).

    Other Specialities
    Grey-winged Trumpeter, Black-faced, Grey-bellied and Rufous Crab Hawks, Blue-cheeked Amazon, Red-fan Parrot, Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, Chapman’s Swift, Green-throated Mango, Arrowhead (Guianan) Piculet (endemic to Suriname), Black Manakin, Cinereous Mourner, Glossy-backed Becard, Rose-breasted Chat, Fulvous Shrike Tanager, Red-and-black Grosbeak and Wing-barred Seedeater. Also a chance of Harpy Eagle, Rusty-breasted Nunlet, Red-billed Woodcreeper, Wing-banded Antbird, Spotted and Thrush-like Antpittas, White-throated Pewee (very rare), Guianan Red Cotinga, Crimson Fruitcrow and Sharpbill, and an outside chance of Zigzag Heron (for example, out of Kabalebo Lodge in western Suriname).

    Others
    Magnificent Frigatebird, Scarlet Ibis (mostly Apr-Sep), Blue-and-yellow, Red-and-green and Scarlet Macaws, hummingbirds including Black-eared Fairy, Crimson Topaz and Ruby Topaz, jacamars including Bronzy, Great, Green-tailed and Paradise, Channel-billed and White-throated Toucans, White-plumed Antbird, Pompadour and Spangled Cotingas, and Musician Wren, as well as Blue-throated Piping Guan, Snail Kite, Black-collared Hawk, Ornate Hawk Eagle, Lined and Slaty-backed Forest Falcons, Red-bellied and Red-shouldered Macaws, parrots, nightjars including Ladder-tailed, Great Potoo, trogons, Amazonian Motmot, all five South American Kingfishers, puffbirds, Black-necked Aracari, woodpeckers including Chestnut and Ringed, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, spinetails, woodcreepers, antbirds including Ferruginous-backed, antpittas, antshrikes, antwrens, Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Screaming Piha, Crimson-hooded and Golden-headed Manakins, becards, Slaty-capped Shrike Vireo, Cayenne Jay, tanagers, Bicoloured Conebill, Yellow Oriole and Yellow-hooded Blackbird. Also a chance of Sunbittern.

    Best Sites for Wildlife in Suriname

    Best Times for Wildlife in Suriname

    The short dry season which usually lasts from mid-January to mid-March is the best time to visit for birds, since many of the resident species nest at this time and are at their most active. The long dry season normally lasts from mid-August to mid-November and the wet seasons are usually mid-March to mid-August and mid-December to mid-January.

    Recommended Books etc. for Suriname

    Suriname: Bradt Travel Guides by P Briggs. Bradt, 2015.

    Field Guide to the Birds of Suriname by A L Spaans et al. E J Brill, 2015.

    Birds of Venezuela by D Ascanio, G Rodriguez and R Restall. Helm, due 2017.

    Field Guide to the Birds of Venezuela by S Hilty. Helm, 2002.

    Birds of South America: Non-Passerines by J R Roderiguez Mata et al. Harper Collins, 2006.

    The Birds of South America: Passerines by R S Ridgely and G Tudor. University of Texas Press, 1989 and 1994 (Two volumes).

    Birds of Northern South America by R Restall, C Rodner and M Lentino. Helm, 2006 (Two volumes).

    Mammals of South America by R D Lord. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.


    Apps etc.


    All Birds Guianas by Bloomsbury/Sunbird Images.

    Where to watch birds in South America by N Wheatley. Helm, 1994.

    Don’t know which country/countries to visit in South America? Then it may be worth considering taking a look at this book, written by this website’s author. It is many years old of course but it still provides a starting point, an overview and a guiding light to the best birds and the best places to look for them on the continent, and could save hours of searching for similar information on the internet. However, it is important to check more up-to-date sources for sites which have been opened up, sites and species which have been discovered, lodges that have been built etc. since the book was published.

    Trip Reports for Suriname

    Many trip reports, some for Suriname, are posted on the websites listed here. On some of these websites some reports are independent and some are posted by tour companies who organize tours to Suriname. These tour companies and others also post their own reports on their websites, which are listed under 'Some Organized Tours to Suriname' below.

    Local Guides and Tours in Suriname

    The costs of organized tours partly reflect the quality of the tour leaders. Some leaders are certainly better than others and many companies claim their leaders are the best but even the best rely at least to some extent on the exceptional skills of the local guides they employ. If you are travelling independently, employing such local guides will greatly increase your chances of seeing the wildlife you wish to see.

    Accommodation in Suriname

    Some Organized Tours to Suriname

    There are many tour companies who organize tours to see mammals, birds, other wildlife and other natural wonders. The cost of these tours vary considerably according to such variables as the airlines used, the number of days the tours last, the number of sites visited, the number of people in the group (an important consideration if you wish to see such wildlife as rainforest mammals and birds), the number of tour leaders, the standard of accommodation and transport, and the percentage profit the company hopes to make. Generally, where the number of days tours last and the number of sites visited are similar, the cheapest tours are those that use the cheapest airlines, accommodation and local transport, that have the largest groups with the least number of leaders, and that make the least amount of profit. The most expensive tours tend to be those which are exceptionally long, use the most expensive accommodation (ridiculously lavish in some cases, even for single nights) and which make the most profit. Some tour costs partly reflect the quality of the tour leaders. Some leaders are certainly better than others and many companies claim their leaders are the best but even the best rely at least to some extent on the exceptional skills of the local guides they employ.

    While tour companies organize tours with set itineraries many also organize custom tours for individuals and private groups who instead of taking a tour with a set itinerary want to follow their own itinerary to suit their own personal tastes, whether it be mammals, birds, other wildlife, other natural wonders or even man-made attractions, or a mixture of them all. Many organized tours with set itineraries are also fast-paced and target as many species as possible, whether they are mammals, birds or other wildlife or everything, which usually leaves little time to enjoy the best sites and individual species, but on a custom tour those taking part can specify the pace and the sites and species they wish to concentrate on. Custom tours also suit people who like to travel with people they already know, rather than with a group of strangers, and people with partners with different interests. Individuals and small groups will almost certainly have to pay more than the price of an organized tour with a set itinerary but a large group of friends may be able to travel for less than the price quoted for a set tour.

    Tour companies who are running organized tours to Suriname in the next couple of years include the following. Many of these also offer custom tours.