Emerald Crowned Brilliant Hummingbird


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Lilac-crowned parrot

Welcome to Paradise Birding! We specialize in leading small groups on carefully crafted birding and natural history tours to such celebrated U.S. destinations as Florida's Dry Tortugas, Texas's Hill Country and Arizona's Sky Islands. In 2016/2017 we are continuing to expand our international tours to include Honduras, Peru, Sicily, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guadeloupe and Borneo. Join us for a birding vacation, and let us help enhance your appreciation for bird behaviors, habitats, ecology and conservation!


January 22–30,2016: Birding Tour, HONDURAS

February 8–15: Island Endemics of JAMAICA

February 20–March 2: Pacific MEXICO—Colima to Nayarit

February 27–March 3: Nature Sketching Retreat, MEXICO

April 2–8: Eastern TEXAS Pineywoods and High Island

October 5–22: Equatorial Rainforests of MALAYSIAN BORNEO

December 4-10:Caribbean Endemics of GUADELOUPE

January 14-22, 2017: Birding the HONDURAN rainforest

January 24-31,2017: Nature Sketching Holiday, HONDURAS

January 25-February 9, 2017 :Northern PERU Endemic Paradise with MACHU PICCHU extension February 10th-14th

OR...schedule your own private Custom Tour!

Reserve your spot on a tour on our Reservations page.



peterson reference guide to north american woodpeckersSteve is pleased to announce the publication of his long awaited book, the Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America.

This book is a complete guide to the natural history, ecology, and conservation of North America’s 23 woodpecker species. From the iconic Woody Woodpecker to the ubiquitous Northern Flicker, woodpeckers have long captivated our attention.

The Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America is available now from Amazon Books.



steve shunk, paradise birding tours owner and guideSteve Shunk is the founder, owner and lead guide for Paradise Birding, based out of central Oregon. Steve began birding in 1989 in San Jose, California and began teaching birding classes in 1992. He founded Paradise Birding tour company in 1997.
Steve has given numerous public presentations and authored many articles on the subject of birds and also enjoys bird photography, having taken most of the photos for this website. Steve resides in Bend, Oregon. Learn more about Steve and Paradise Birding.


Steve, I will always choose to go on a birding trip with you. Your 'reinvented' approach; your in-depth knowledge, which you readily share; your continued curiosity and love of discovery; and your focus on conservation; all make your tours more meaningful and enriching for me.
- Jeri Edwards, Westlake Village, California

Thank you Steve for a wonderful trip. I was delighted to get my Mountain Quail on the first day, but then the rest of the trip was way beyond my expectations
-Judith O'Neale, Lafayette, LA

I couldn’t have asked for a more generous, enthusiastic, knowledgeable guide. Furthermore, you exhibit the ethics and morals of any true naturalist.
-Melissa York, Medford, OR

Steve’s great birding skills, along with his intimate knowledge of the area, gave us all a memorable experience, one I will treasure for a lifetime.
-Kevin Pickard, Thousand Oaks, CA

See more accolades here