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Here you will find details of our programme of birdwatching tours which we hope will be of interest.  We have tried to make our website as clear and as easy to navigate around as possible, with all the information you will need about each tour available on the relevant page. 

Contacting Sunbird during the current Pandemic. 

During the coming months we will be operating the Sunbird office at a reduced level. If you wish to contact us email might be best option We will respond as soon as we can. You can still call us on 01767 262522 and if there is no one present to answer, leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. Steve Rooke 

Pander’s Ground Jay is one of the special birds we look for in the deserts of Uzbekistan on our journey through Central Asia along the Silk Road.

Forthcoming Tours


Like many of you we are looking forward to a time when we can all start travelling again. While this may be some way off yet, we need to be positive and plan for the future. To that end we are posting all our 2021 tour dates, and where we can, dates for 2022 as well.  For tours that we have already cancelled and refunded, many have chosen to transfer to the same tour next year, and we urge anyone booked on a forthcoming tour to consider doing the same if that tour is cancelled, or transferring to another tour.  This will help us immensly in planning for a time when we are all free of the virus.


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West Papua: 5 - 28 June 2021
with Susan Myers 

Angola: 1 - 17 August 2021
with David Fisher

Solomon Islands
21 July - 8 August 2022

with Ryan Chenery

White-headed Fruit-Dove - one of many delights awaiting us on the Solomon Isands. Photo David Fisher.

The Solomon Islands, east of Papua New Guinea, offer one of the few remaining places on the planet where we can still well and truly get away from it all. Seemingly forgotten by time itself, many of these islands are home to tiny coastal villages, where the main mode of transport is dugout canoe, and fishing on reefs by hand is commonplace. Still very much off the tourist map, this region has long proven difficult and expensive for birders to tour…until now. This tour, with its optional extension to the islands of the Western Province, provides you with the opportunity to see some 70+ endemics and 20+ near-endemics together with a huge array of regional species unique to this tropical paradise.




Global Birding Event

17 October 2021

This weekend birdwatchers all over the world will be taking part in the Global Birding Event. As well as bringing together birding communities around the world, it also hopes to raise funds for Birdlife’s campaign to stop the illegal bird trade.  The event takes place on Saturday 17th October and is being run in conjunction with eBird who also have their October Big Day on the same date.
Sunbird has a team taking part and will have members based in the UK, France, Argentina and the USA all contributing to a Sunbird total. If you wish to take part you can create a team of your own or just take part as an individual, logging the birds you see wherever you happen to be. Details about the event can be found at
If you would like to contribute to Birdlife’s work trying to end the senseless trade in wild birds, you can look at raising money through your own sponsored birdwatch, or just by making a donation to Birdlife.

£15 – provide a day’s worth of fuel to conduct anti-poaching patrols in forests inhabited by hunted birds
£50 – maintain an ex-trapper’s permaculture plot for a month, generating alternative sustainable income
£100 – support a field team to protect Helmeted Hornbills for a day
£200 – support a trained indigenous ‘forest guardian’ to protect one hornbill or parrot nest for a year
£500 – support a 2-day course to train a forest ranger to identify birds and carry out effective patrols

Donations can be made direct via the Global Birding website using this link:




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