A professional ornithologist and has been birding local guide (Najasa-La Belén area) and freelance guide for more than 25 years (the last 10 years join with his son). He is considered in Cuba as a “living legend” because he did some of the first steps for bird conservation in Cuba: the first bird-count on species living in rice paddy-fields; also the first nesting box program and the first bird banding, etc. Pedro is the only one living ornithologist who has seen ALL the Cuban endemic birds including the elusive Zapata Rail, the Cuban Kite and the probably extinct Ivory-billed woodpecker.
For more than 45 years Pedro has travelled extensively in Cuba, including hundreds offshore cays. No one living Cuban ornithologist have this record. Virtually every book written on Cuban birds has included information from Pedro.
Pedro Regalado was the leader of the team who in 1970 chose and protected three of the most important bird reserves in Cuba: the Zapata Peninsula (“Swamp”), the Cayo Coco and La Belén areas, which has been identified as critical for the conservation of Cuban birds and currently are the most important birding areas in all the country. Also, these areas are included between the 28 Important Bird Areas (I.B.A) which has been designed by BirdLife International. Pedro has worked for many years in the area around Najasa, in Camagüey province, especially in and around of the La Belén Protected Area, where he has conducted studies on threatened species, including Giant Kingbird, Cuban Palm Crow, Cuban Parakeet and Gundlach Hawk.
The Caribbean region is one of the world´s 25 biodiversity conservation hotpots. More than a quarter of the 500 plus Caribbean birds are found nowhere else on earth, and the diversity of Cuban birds is high both in terms of species richness, 371, and also in the number of endemics, 27, seven of them in their own genus!
There are several reasons for this high diversity of birds, such as Cuban´s geographic position on one of the main migratory routes from North America. Thousands of migrants pass over Cuba, or use the island as a stepping stone on their journey to and from the Greater and Lesser Antilles, to South America. Also, Cuban´s size and habitat diversity has resulted in many vegetation types and different plant communities have been described from the archipelago.
Our itineraries are arranged to suit you in every way using our 25 years of experience as birding tour guides on the places to locate those elusive species and all the Cuban endemics (except Zapata Rail and Cuban Kite), as well as many of the Caribbean specialties and, depending on what time of the year, you visit the Island, many migrant can be seen as well (October to May).
In 1975 Pedro Regalado did one of more astonishing discovery on Cuba´s revolutionary period of ornithology; find a new subspecies of Cuban (“Zapata”) Sparrow (Torreornis inexpectata varonai) in the previously uninhabited an unexplored Cayo Coco. This bird has a monotypic genus, was located only in two areas in Cuba and was unexpected found it in an isolated key
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Each of our main two itineraries includes visit to the primary birding hotpost in Cuba as follow:
Is for 12 days and visiting the mainly birding areas with more ample time to find the more elusive species, endemics and Caribbean specialties
Is for 7-9 days is designed for those with limited time who want to concentrate on just the main endemics birds and visiting only three of the four hotpost birding areas.
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