Bird is the Word is run by local tour guide; Matthew Smith. An experienced local birder and published amateur photographer and videographer (Some work featured on National Geographic) who has a passion and vast knowledge of all wildlife, but mainly avi-fauna focused.
An old-fashioned Naturalist at heart, belonging to the Cyprus Dragonfly and Butterfly study Groups and being active in the Cyprus Birding Community for over a decade with discoveries to his name. Discovering Eurasian Hobby's breeding/nesting in the Republic of Cyprus for the very first time in 2014 and also many rare vagrant records annually, most notably the Island's first Amur Falcon.
Attributes new range data for Bird, Butterfly and Dragonfly
species in Cyprus and attributing many new important sites to the Birding, Butterfly and Dragonfly community.
Also notably discovered an amblypygi (Tail-less Whip Scorpion) species present in Cyprus for the first time and more recently discovering the successful breeding and emergence of Pantala Flavescens (Wandering Glider) in Cyprus in 2018.
When not birding, herping,ode'ing, orchid hunting or
butterflying, he is likely to be freediving in the seas
around Cyprus, furthering his interest in Marine life!
Bird is the Word is based in
the popular town of Paphos and
operates tours within Paphos,
Troodos and Limassol from
September to the end of May every year.
*Tours to Larnaca and Agia Napa can be arranged at an extra cost.
Tour Information and Rules
"I had the pleasure of going on guided tours with Matt Smith multiple times in 3 months. I can say that he is an excellent guide for twitchers, bird photographers, and beginners alike. He has extensive knowledge of all the best birding areas on the island, and is also tapped into a large network so he is up to date on all the latest and rarest sightings. Matt is also an accomplished photographer so he ensures that you are in the best position so your photos turn out just right. I would highly recommend him for guided tours in Cyprus."
"Already used this service and Matt is true to his word. He does his utmost to find the species you want to see and photograph. A very knowledgeable birder and fantastic company, you will have a laugh also. This spring in Cyprus was great and made even better by Matt's local knowledge. Do not hesitate in getting in touch with this up and coming guide. Mark my words he will be in great demand"
"I've had the pleasure of spending 2 days birding with Matt. He has superb knowledge of the areas we visited (Paphos & Akrotiri), he also has a wealth of knowledge of the wildlife and keen eye so you don't miss a thing! An all round great person."
"An excellent experience, with 90 species in just 8 hours and over 20 lifers for me. Matt is an excellent guide, truly prepared and friendly. He also gave me good advice for birdwatching in the following days. Definitely recommended."
"For any birder going to the Paphos area, I highly recommend booking a memorable trip out with Matt. He has extensive knowledge of birds and the places to see them.
With help from his amazing eyesight and hearing, I saw 28 new birds to add to my considerable Life list"