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Join Dani Lopez-Velasco, our resident pelagic aficianado, on the Atlantic Odyssey in 2026! Email us to reserve your slot, and make a deposit only once the tour is confirmed.


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Brazil: Eastern Amazonia in August now with optional extension to see "East Amazon" Rufous-vented Ground Cuckoo and Kaempfer's Woodpecker!

Harlequin Antbird, Brazil

Harlequin Antbird, Brazil (Eduardo Patrial)


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We still have some spaces on our Tanzania: Eastern Arc tour in October 2024, targeting the wonderful Uluguru Bushshrike and many other endemics. Includes both Rubeho and Udzwanga Forest Partridges!

Uluguru Bushshrike, Tanzania

Uluguru Bushshrike, Tanzania (Dani Lopez-Velasco)


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We're very proud to be launching a set of Women-Only Birding Tours led by Donna Belder! Assisted by some of the best female local guides and agents from around the world, these are sure to be superb trips.

South American Painted Snipe

South American Painted Snipe, Argentina (Julien Mazenauer)

Welcome to Ornis Birding Expeditions!

Our dream is to do more.

More respect for our invaluable local guides and agents, leading to responsible ecotourism and conservation.

More birds on our professionally crafted itineraries with maximum birding time and small group sizes.

More choice in shorter tours to suit holidays of any length, or flexibility to customise with private tours and extensions.

We are so excited to welcome you and begin our journeys together!

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Upcoming tours

13-25 May 2024

13 days

China: Eastern Highlights

Shortened tour to see the most spectacular birds between Shanghai and Beijing. From Spoon-billed Sandpiper to Blue-crowned Laughingthrush, plus Cabot's Tragopan, Reeves's Pheasant, Brown Eared Pheasant, and a large number of breeding specialties like Zappey's Flycatcher and Reed Parrotbill.

9-25 August 2024

17 days

Brazil: Eastern Amazonia

Endemics and specialties of the lower-Amazon. Birding around the river mouth at Belém, the north bank at Monte Alegre, along the Tapajós River, and several days in Carajás Reserve. Includes Vulturine Parrot, Sulphur-breasted Parakeet, Harlequin Antbird, and Black-chested Tyrant.

1-16 September 2024

16 days

Indonesia: Vogelkop West Papua ~Women Only~

It is impossible to forget the first time you see a Western Parotia dance, a Black Sicklebill transforming at dawn, or a Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise glowing like fire in the dark forest understory. This is the true “Attenborough Experience"!

23 October - 7 November 2024

16 days

Tanzania: Eastern Arc

This epic endemic-filled tour covers the isolated mountain ranges of eastern Tanzania plus Pemba Island, targeting all possible endemics like Spot-throat,Long-billed Forest Warbler, Pemba Scops Owl, Uluguru Bushshrike, Loveridge's Sunbird, Kilombero Weaver, plus hundreds other species!

Extension available

1-15 December 2024

15 days


Fantastic birds such as Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Magellanic Woodpecker, Huet-huets and seabirds amidst some of the finest scenery on Earth. From the Atacama Desert to the Andes, then down to Patagonia on the extension for Magellanic Plover, King Penguins, Pumas and more!

Extension available

13-27 February 2025

15 days

Philippines: Highlights ~Women-Only~

Tours to the Philippines are typically characterised by tough birding in degraded habitat, but this tour focuses on the best patches of forest with a huge array endemics! From Flame-breasted Fruit-Dove and Spotted Wood Kingfisher to Azure-breasted Pitta and Visayan Wattled Broadbill!

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Our team

Joshua Bergmark

Josh lives in Australia with his partner Shahaf and daughter Aya. Working as a professional bird tour leader since he was 16 and travelling extensively throughout Australasia, Eurasia and Africa, his particular passion is for New Guinea and the Pacific where he guided extensively over the last decade in search of many poorly-known endemics before founding Ornis Birding Expeditions.

Julien Mazenauer

Julien started birding when he was 10 and quickly expanded his passion all over the Western Palearctic and ultimately the whole world, where he has been leading tours on five continents for the past five years. When at home in western Switzerland, he lives with his partner Hélène and devotes much of his time counting birds high up in the Alps or looking for vagrants!

Daniel López-Velasco

Dani is a life-long, highly enthusiastic and experienced birder who started birding at the early age of 5. He lives in Asturias, Northern Spain, and worked as a professional bird tour leader for over 10 years before founding Ornis Birding Expeditions. His travels have taken him to over 80 countries across the world, with his favourite places being New Guinea, the Neotropics and the oceans.

Donna Belder

Donna is an ecologist and conservation biologist based in Australia. Truly discovering her passion for birding during university led her to undertake a PhD on woodland birds and become a fully-licenced ringer while also working part-time as a tour leader. Donna is very enthusiastic about her Australian list, reaching 700 Australian birds by age 30 and becoming the youngest ever woman to do so!

Joachim Bertrands

Joachim grew up in Belgium, and has been birding since the age of 10. He currently lives with his partner Sonya in British Columbia, where he enjoys the wilderness at his doorstep on a daily basis. Having now led international tours for 10 years, Joachim is well-versed across the entire Western Palearctic, and a dozen more tropical destinations from Colombia and Mexico to Ghana and Malaysia!

Eduardo Patrial

Following his university graduation, Eduardo ran bird surveys across Brazil before starting work as bird guide in 2006. He has since covered all regions of his vast home country, now one of the handful of people able to truly produce exceptional tours here. His humor and passion for birding guarantees great fun in the field, while his persistent searches for the rarest species are second-to-none!

Chris Venetz

Chris grew up in Switzerland, taking several lengthy international birding trips during his early teenage days which evolved into a lifelong passion for the birds of the world. While his exploration of avian diversity has taken him to every continent, he has a particular interest in the Neotropics, Africa, Asia, and New Guinea, where he travelled and led tours most extensively.

Daniel Aldana Schumann

Daniel was born and raised in Guatemala City, but has since relocated to the beautiful and biodiverse slopes of Toliman Volcano, where he lives amongst many special endemic birds! He provided logistics and guiding for several tour companies before joining Ornis, and has plenty of experience leading birding trips across Central and South America, with many more on the horizon.

Diego Calderón-Franco

Diego has been leading birding tours for over 20 years across Colombia and Latin America. Along with discovering many new species for his home country while exploring remote areas from the Serranía de Pirre in the Darién and the Baudó Mountains in the Chocó to the Guianan Shield Lowlands, he has also been privileged to take part in the description of several Neotropical birds new to science!

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