Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Andrew Whittaker

VENT Ornithologist

Andrew Whitaker

Since 1982 Andy has worked and studied birds worldwide in Canada, Israel, Borneo, and the UK before moving to Brazil where he has remained based in Amazonian Brazil for the last 23 years. Research work in the Brazilian rain forest for the Smithsonian Institution has made Andy an authority on Amazonian birds and the region's natural history, and he has authored many technical publications on the region. He was a consultant for the prestigious Life of Birds series by David Attenborough, and is a research associate of the Museum Goeldi, in Belém. At present Andy is working with Kevin Zimmer on a comprehensive field guide to the birds of Brazil. Andy has led VENT tours for 19 years throughout South and Central American countries, the UK, and the Antarctic. He immensely enjoys sharing his fascination and knowledge of Neotropical birds, animals, and their conservation with others. Andy's special interest is bird vocalizations; his knowledge of Neotropical voices has enabled him to make several important ornithological discoveries, including species new to science, the rediscovery of species thought lost to science, and the addition of 19 species to the Brazilian list. He is a member of the Brazilian Ornithological Committee, and lives in Manaus, Amazonas with his children Steven, Luana, and Suzana.


Andrew's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland

    Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland

    May 3May 18, 2019

    Witness some of Europe's largest seabird colonies—puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, and more—on our return to the British Isles. Visit Giant’s Causeway, Neolithic monuments, and a variety of architectural wonders.