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Cuba: Key Bird Guides


Arturo Kirkconnell Jr. and Arturo Kirkconnell  

Arturo Kirkconnell Jr.

Arturo Kirkconnell

Arturo Kirkconnell (referred to as R2) has been a professional bird guide in Cuba for nine years, and he has been birding in Cuba for over 20 years.


Arturo is working to complete the Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba and an app for the Birds of Cuba


His father, Arturo Kirkconnell (R1), is the most famous Cuban bird guide, who wrote the Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba.  Arturo (R2) has participated in many of his father’s expeditions since he was age nine.  He has helped on his father’s ornithological study tours, as a bird researcher and field assistant.


Arturo will review with you the key birding locations in Cuba and share stories about a number of the Cuban endemics.

Presented by the Partnership for International Birding.

Arturo Kirkconnell is a curator at the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba for the Ornithology Department.   


Arturo, a native of Cuba, is recognized by many birders as the leading authority on Cuban birds.  He is the co-author of two books, including A Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba, and A Birdwatchers’ Guide to Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and the Caymans. 


He truly loves birding and ornithology, and this is his passion.  His curriculum vitae includes 77 scientific papers, mostly focused on Cuban and Caribbean ornithology, natural history and conservation.  At present, he is working on another project, The Birds of Cuba (that will be published by the BOU Checklist Series).  Arturo completed his Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of Havana. 


As part of the Museum’s efforts to collect ornithological data, Arturo has been leading birding tours in Cuba for over two decades (since 1988).  To date he has guided more than 200 birding groups. He designed the present birding itinerary, and he has developed the main strategies for bird-finding in Cuba.


Clients praise Arturo for his field skills, and they also indicate that his customer service is excellent. On trip after trip, both Arturo (R1) and Arturo (R2) prove they take good care of our clients, and they work hard to meet our customers’ needs throughout the tour.


You will enjoy your birding and ornithological study experience with Arturo.



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