What makes Paradise Birding unique?

Several things set us apart from other companies, first and foremost of which is our commitment to conservation. We regularly donate a portion of our tour revenues to support bird conservation in the places where we do business. Recent contributions have included Honduran Emerald habitat conservation in Honduras; Bonnelli’s Eagle nest monitoring in Sicily; and Hornbill nest-box construction in Malaysia.

Learn more about our contributions to regional conservation.

Beyond our conservation commitment, Paradise Birding prides itself on offering tours that appeal to birders from all walks of life and with a wide range of skills and abilities. Several elements of our operation make our tours special:

  • Small groups: We take only 3-8 birders per tour with everyone getting a window seat in the most comfortable vehicles available.

  • Two U.S. guides per tour: With local experts in some regions, we offer some of the highest guide-to-client ratios in the business.

  • Multiple nights at each location: Less packing means a relaxed pace and unhurried enjoyment of the wildlife and habitats.

  • Excellent food: Our guests consistently tell us that we provide some of the best meals they’ve ever had on a tour.

  • More than just birds: We focus on natural history, ecology, and conservation, as well as cultures, in the diverse regions we visit. Studying bird behavior and learning about local ecosystems take precedent over a long bird list.

  • Innovative itineraries: We lead a series of International Woodpecker Conservation Tours as well as woodpecker-themed tours in Oregon and California. We also lead tours that focus on unique natural phenomena, like winter tours to see huge flocks of Bohemian Waxwings; coastal trips to experience major tidal events; and Sicily nature tours that also focus on world-class cuisine & ancient cultural ruins.


Don't take our word for it. Our clients have been singing our praises for years. Here's just a sampling. 

Wow! I am very pleased with my experience on the tour provided by Paradise Birding. Happily, I can say that style, pace—really, every aspect of the trip—met my hopes and expectations, especially the depth and breadth of knowledge and information you provided. I’m glad you’ve chosen to share your skills, talent, and training with the bird-lovers and nature watchers of the world.
— Nate Starling, Seattle WA
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Honduras with Christine Elder and Stephen Shunk. It was the perfect combination of seeing incredible wildlife, learning new sketching skills, seeing birds that I’ve never seen before, and enjoying some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. came home inspired to paint all the beautiful Wildlife that I had experienced while there. I’m still glowing about our vacation, it was perfect!
— Julie Herlinger, California
You marveled me with the number of bird voices you recognize, your ability to imitate many of them, and the breadth and depth of your knowledge of birds
— Andy Nelson, Oregon
We loved Sicily and I’m certain we wouldn’t have appreciated it nearly as much without your caring and entertaining guidance. A day does not go by without thoughts of Sicily, the food, the culture, the guides
— Jenny and Tad Harris, Oregon
Our favorite birding guide is Steve Shunk from Paradise Birding, who led my husband on his first trip back in 1996. Steve is a very gifted birder, an excellent teacher and naturalist, and a wonderful ambassador for birding.
— Bill Walker and Mary Wiznewski, San Jose CA
You are totally awesome! Your trip was perfectly planned...and we had an excellent experience. I can also say that I’ve never eaten so well on a tour before.
— Bingham Gibbs and Friends, Danville CA