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Lesser Antillian Bullfinch Loxigilla noctis ©Dick Daniels Website

Birding Guadelopue

Guadeloupe is an island group or archipelago located in the eastern Caribbean Sea at Coordinates: 16°15′N 61°35′W, with a land area of 1,628 square kilometres (629 sq. mi). It is an overseas department of France. As with the other overseas departments, Guadeloupe is also one of the twenty-six regions of France (being an overseas region) and an integral part of the Republic. As part of France, Guadeloupe is part of the European Union; hence, as for most EU countries, its currency is the euro. However, Guadeloupe does not fall under the Schengen Agreement. The capital of Guadeloupe is Basse-Terre.

Guadeloupe comprises five islands: Basse-Terre Island, Grande-Terre (separated from Basse-Terre by a narrow sea channel called Salt River) with the adjacent islands of La Désirade, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante. Basse-Terre has a rough volcanic relief while Grande-Terre features rolling hills and flat plains.

Further to the north, Saint-Barthélemy and the French part of Saint Martin once came under the jurisdiction of Guadeloupe but on December 7, 2003, both of these areas voted to become an overseas territorial collectivity, a decision which took effect on February 22, 2007.



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Number of Species

Number of bird species: 278

(As at September 2018)


Number of endemics: 1

Guadeloupe Woodpecker Melanerpes herminieri


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Useful Reading


For further fieldguides covering the area, refer to useful reading on the general regional page HERE

The Birds of the West Indies

By Herbert Raffaele, James Wiley, Orlando Garrido, Allan Keith & Janis Raffaele | Christopher Helm | 2003 | Paperback | 216 pages, 92 colour plates, 181 colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 0713654198

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Abbreviations Key

NNR IBA Petite Terre Islands


Satellite View

Bird Life International has identified the reserve as an Important Bird Area (IBA) bird reserve. In the forest habitat of Basse-Terre, the IBA-identified species reported are: Least tern (Sterna antillarum), Purple-throated carib (Eulampis jugularis), Green-throated carib (Eulampis holosericeus), Antillean crested hummingbird (Orthorhyncus cristatus), Caribbean elaenia (Elaenia martinica), Scaly-breasted thrasher (Margarops fuscus), and Pearly-eyed thrasher (Margarops fuscatu)

NNR La Désirade


Satellite View

The reserve, with an officially designated area of 62 ha (153 acres), is in the eastern part of the island of Desirade which covers an area of 22 square kilometres (8.5 sq mi). It is to the east of Grande-Terre in the Guadeloupe archipelago.

NP Guadeloupe


Satellite View

Guadeloupe National Park (French: Parc national de la Guadeloupe) is a national park in Guadeloupe, an overseas department of France located in the Leeward Islands of the eastern Caribbean region. The Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin Nature Reserve (French: Réserve Naturelle du Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin) is a marine protected area adjacent to the park and administered in conjunction with it. Together, these protected areas comprise the Guadeloupe Archipelago (French: l'Archipel de la Guadeloupe) biosphere reserve.

Trip Reports

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2015 [02 February] - Keith Millar - Lesser Antilles

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My focus was on seeing the island endemics (15 species) and as many range restricted birds as possible in the time (and with the money) I had available. Helpfully, several islands I could ignore completely, there being no special ornithological imperative to visit - no offence! I flew from London Heathrow to Antigua. From there (using Antigua as my base) I first travelled to the neighbouring islands of Barbuda and Monserrat and then proceeded south down the chain of islands to Guadeloupe, then Dominica, Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent, Grenada and Barbados.

2016 [02 February] -David Ascanio - Lesser Antilles Cruise

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Once again, a sea with pastel blue or green colors, an incredible and rich history, outstanding cuisine, and the beautiful and breathtaking Sea Cloud, combined with exquisite birds resulted in a memorable journey across six of the Lesser Antilles to see all of the endemic parrots, tremblers, hummingbirds, orioles, and bullfinches that these islands offer.

2016 [04 April] - Jesse Fagan - Lesser Antilles


10 islands, 14 days, 14 flights, 8 hotels, 1 visit to the emergency room, drive on the right, drive on the left,...you get the picture. It requires a lot of action and movement to see these birds! And see them we did. It was another successful island-hopping adventure this year, and the logistics worked out fine on this logistically complicated tour. Even island time seemed faster. Mark recovered in fine fashion. And we also got all the potential endemics.

2017 [06 June] - Mark Van Beirs

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Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Santa Lucia, Saint Vincent, Barbados and Grenada were the ten islands we visited on our recent Lesser Antilles tour. Some are independent countries in their own right, while others are Overseas Territories. All these islands exude a quite different flavour, as some are rich and well developed and some are obviously quite poor with pothole-riddled roads and limited infrastructure.

2018 [03 March] - Victor Emanuel

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From the first day in Barbados to the last day in St Vincent, our cruise to the Lesser Antilles aboard the Sea Cloud was one of the best trips that VENT has ever operated for the Lab. Blending birding and natural history with doses of history and culture, we visited six islands (Barbados, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines), each characterized by unique history, ambience, and, of course, endemic birds.

Places to Stay

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Hotel La Toubana


Hilltop bungalows overlooking the Caribbean Sea and leading down to a beach at Sainte Anne…


Acopian Center for Ornithology


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Flora & Fauna


…a huge variety of birds: colibris, sugar birds with yellow bellies, cow herons, blackbirds, the black woodpecker in the rain forest, moorhens in the Mangrove, wild ducks, and at the sea pelicans, frigate birds, brown gannets and seagulls…

Guadeloupe Woodpecker


These dark woodpeckers are endemic to the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. They are classified as “near threatened” due to both human and hurricane destruction of suitable habitat...