Joris Elst

Extensive knowledge of birds and other species, flawless organisation and very reliable
Experience on 6 continents with more than 4500 bird species spotted.
Bird diversity in South America (in particular hummingbirds) and owl violence in Scandinavia.

Tour guide Joris Elst

A vast knowledge on birds, biology and solid organisational skills make Joris Elst (°1980) the ideal tour guide.


Nature as leitmotif

Joris Elst was born and raised in the Antwerp Noorderkempen. Fascinated by nature from a young age his particular attention went to birds. From the mid '90s he has been scouring the country looking for rare birds. Since 2000 he has been travelling throughout Europe and the world. The last decade other kinds of species (dragonflies, butterflies, ...) have also been receiving his attention during the many hours in the field.

As well as all the field activities, tour guide Joris is predominantly active at the Belgian Rare Bird Committee as co-organiser of the Belgian Birdfair and at Rare Bird Alert Belgium.



His favourite destinations are located in South America. He also likes exploring closer to home in Scandinavia, for instance.


Professional career

Joris Elst has been working as specialist at the Antwerp University for the research group on Evolutionary Ecology for the past 8 years. He takes part mainly in the population research for Tits and Blue Tits.