Zapata Wren Cuba

Zapata Wren during our last tour in Cuba

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Zapata Wren

The Zapata Wren is the most restricted endemic in Cuba, only present in the Zapata Peninsula and certainly a must-see during any trip to Cuba. It is also the only member of its genus, Ferminia! Like most wrens, it hides out in the dense grasses of marshes, and is best detected by its loud song. To learn more about this Cuban endemic and its tiny distribution, click here.

We got to see it this well during our last tour, allowing everyone in the group to have good looks and even take some pictures with the sunrise light! It was one of the highlights of the trip.

Other endemics we had the pleasure of watching during our tour were Cuban Grassquit, Cuban Solitaire, Bee Hummingbird and Gray-fronted Quail-Dove. Cuba is also a great place to see some Caribbean regional endemic species, such as West Indian Woodpecker and Bahama Mockingbird. Of course, in addition to birding, we indulged in the local culture, food and unique landscapes of this large island. From colorful old cars in old Havana to the unusual Mogotes near Viñales, this  trip was full of surprises around every corner!

If you want to know more about our next tour to Cuba, follow this link.

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