Hummingbirds of Trinidad

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The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago may share equal billing in the dichotomous nation’s name, but Trinidad boasts the lion’s share of the land mass, population, and hummingbirds. Visitors to Trinidad can scarcely help encountering stunning hummers just about everywhere. If you feel the same way, this is just one more reason you simply have to visit Trinidad. Birds Caribbean features hummingbirds South America trinidad

Haus Alpenz: The Scarlet Ibis – Trinidad Rum

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One of the first things most people think of when they think of Trinidad – perhaps after steel drums and calypso – is rum. I’ve never been to the Caribbean, but I suspect many visitors to Trinidad welcome the end a long day of birding the island’s mountains, beaches, and lush rainforests with a tot of rum – or two. The Scarlet Ibis is one of two national birds of the Republic Trinidad and Tobago , the other being the Rufous-vented Chachalaca.

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What is the National Bird of Trinidad and Tobago?

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The title of this post is a trick question as Trinidad and Tobago actually has two national birds, one for each of the country’s namesake islands. Trinidad is represented by the Scarlet Ibis , a beauty of a bird, resplendent in its crimson hue. I have been unable to dig up the story of how either bird became the emblems of the two islands, but both feature prominently on the coat of arms of Trinidad and Tobago. the coat of arms of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Birds of Trinidad and Tobago: Two Guides, One Book Review

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There were three profound questions my birding group discussed while we birded Trinidad and Tobago, back in December 2012: (1) How many Bananaquits could fit on a banana? (2) 3) What was the best guide to the birds of Trinidad and Tobago? My friend Ian had purchased Richard ffrench’s classic A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago just before we left, the third edition, hot off the presses. Both Mike and Corey have visited Trinidad and Tobago.

The Blackbird that is a Meadowlark – Red-breasted Blackbird in Trinidad

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However the Red-breasted Blackbird ended up with its appellation doesn’t matter as much as how great a bird it is, well worth a trip to Trinidad and Tobago to see. It was on the island of Trinidad, at the Aripo Agricultural Research Station, where all of these photographs were taken. If you are in Trinidad and are a birder you should definitely make a stop. For more information about visiting Trinidad and Tobago a good place to start is the official tourism website. ….

Bitternsweet Moments

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Birding Birds courtship displays Pinnated Bittern Trinidad and TobagoI promise this will be the last article (for a while at least) on this wetland that’s so close to where I live.

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All I Want for Christmas is a Curlew Sandpiper

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He graciously serves on the Trinidad and Tobago Bird Status and Distribution Committee (formerly the T&T Rare Birds Committee) and leads birding tours on both islands as well as in East Africa through Cisticola Tours Ltd. Trips Caribbean sandpipers Trinidad and Tobago

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The Longest (and Shortest) Hour

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This sleepy fishing village on the north coast of Trinidad should ring a bell – it boasts the densest nesting population of Leatherback Turtles in the entire western hemisphere. The mature forest deep in the hills is the single best place in the world to catch a glimpse of the critically endangered Trinidad Piping Guan. This large, arboreal turkey-looking bird is endemic to Trinidad and recent estimates put their total numbers at around 300 individuals.

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Back to the Forest ? but first, Flamingos!

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Fortunately, I live in Trinidad and Tobago – a twin-island nation that boasts the second highest density of bird species in the world. Birding Trinidad and Tobago

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A Growing List of Hummingbirds

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Trinidad and Tobago has historically had seventeen species on record, sixteen on Trinidad and six on Tobago. Birds hummingbirds South America Trinidad and Tobago

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Eco Chick Escapes To: Adventure Trinidad!

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It was a not-so-great Monday, and I was doing an inward gripe about my life, when all of a sudden it turned into the best Monday EVER, when I got an email from a friend asking if I’d like to tag along on a trip to Trinidad to explore the country’s adventure offering for women.

Post Apocalyptic Steampunk Birding

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This was actually the place where the late Richard ffrench spent much of his time as a music teacher, amassing countless observations of birds that would later form the basis of one of the essential birding guides for Trinidad and Tobago. Birding Trinidad and Tobago waterbirds wetlands

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Sampling Manakins

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Birding in Trinidad and Tobago has been likened to an introductory chapter in the book of birding in the Neotropics. Birds Birding Trinidad and TobagoAnd for good reason. While the 480-odd species recorded within T&T may outstrip our fellow Caribbean islands by leaps and bounds, it pales in comparison to the massive lists of mainland South and Central America.

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12 countries with the greatest bird species density

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Tinidad and Tobago offers 480 bird species, including the endemic Trinidad Piping-Guan (at Morne Bleu), Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge with its veranda feeders and the colony of oilbirds nearby, Caroni and Nariva swamps, etc. The Species per Square Mile Approach.

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Quarantine Twitch for the Best Backyard Bird

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Sightings in Trinidad have been sporadic, 38 to be exact since the formation of the T&T Bird Status and Distribution Committee. Birding backyard birds Trinidad and Tobago TwitchingJust over a week ago I received an urgent phone call from a long-time friend and fellow birder. I was washing the dishes at the time, so my wife took the call.

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Isolation, a.k.a. Business as Usual

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Many moons ago, when I used to work in the (supposedly) booming petrochemical industry in Trinidad, most of my time was actually spent birding. Golden-crowned Warbler is one of the three resident warbler species on Trinidad. Birding Trinidad and TobagoI’m certain many birders would agree with me on the fact that the imposed self-isolation and social distancing requirements suit us just fine. Long walks far away from large crowds?

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Critically Endangered Sea Turtle Eggs Destroyed By Bulldozer In Trinidad

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However, after a recent event killed thousands of hatchlings on the island of Trinidad, conservationists fear it could impact the species overall and put even greater odds against survival. Trinidad is home to one of the most popular beaches for leatherback sea turtles to lay their eggs, which made the event all the more concerning. Currently workers are attempting to divert a river on Trinidad, largely due to erosion of the surrounding area.

Hawking for Nighthawks

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Birding Trinidad and TobagoJust under a fortnight ago, I saw a report on the local bird alert of a sighting of a group of approximately 20 Nacunda Nighthawks at a wetland not more than 20 minutes from where I live. Even though I had seen these cryptic austral migrants before, there was no way I was going to pass up an opportunity that was this close to home. Especially as we were at the time about to experience a rapidly advancing tropical storm.

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Home-bound Bird Photography Tips

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Birding Birds backyard birds Trinidad and TobagoI’ve always birded from home for as long as I can remember. I remember seeing a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl sitting on our fencepost just after sunset when I was not even ten. I may not have known their correct species names (I thought Tropical Mockingbirds were roadrunners) but I knew they existed. Tropical Mockingbirds on a neighbor’s tree. A Saffron Finch on the same tree.

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Alien Face

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Birding Birds Trinidad and Tobago xenopsOver a decade ago I stumbled upon the first edition of the field guide to the birds of T&T and marveled at the astounding diversity within its pages. I had already been birding for some time, but my photography was poor and my identification skills were abysmal. Not only did I have zero clue that a field guide existed, I also was completely unaware that other birders lived here.

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The Caroni Swamp Scarlet Ibis Show

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If you are a birder and you visit Trinidad and Tobago you must go to the Caroni Swamp. If you visit Trinidad and Tobago you must visit Caroni Swamp. Just south of Port of Spain on the west coast of Trinidad, the Caroni Swamp is easily accessible and well serviced by tour companies that will take you out into the mangroves safely and efficiently. For more information about visiting Trinidad and Tobago a good place to start is the official tourism website. ….

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Little Big Year – Week 34: We visit Colorado and Texas

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Trinidad Colorado is located just a few miles north of the Colorado – New Mexico border, and home to the Trinidad Reservoir. Jeanne and I parked the 5th wheel in the Trinidad Lake Campground, and found it to be perhaps the nicest campground we had ever been in. Trinidad Colorad

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Iguanas Love Roti!

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Hidden away in that boatyard is an amazingly good spot to buy roti, which rivaled doubles as my favorite food that I sampled while in Trinidad and Tobago. This happened in Trinidad and Guyana in the urban areas to make it easier and faster to eat the items, as the individuals’ hands would not get as dirty. In Trinidad and Tobago, various wrapped “roti” are served, including chicken, conch, beef, and vegetable. Reptiles Lizards Trinidad and Tobago

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(Humming) Bird (Nest) on a Wire

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Such was the situation on Saturday morning in Trinidad when Mukesh Ramdass, who was guiding me for the day, suddenly pulled over and told me it was my lucky day. Mukesh informed me that this particular nest had been used previously and also let me know that hummingbird nests are often reused in Trinidad. There is much more to come from my amazing five days in Trinidad and Tobago so make sure to stop back soon for more. It is not every day that you get to see a hummingbird.

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White-necked Jacobin at Asa Wright Nature Center

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Of course, the birds in this post were all photographed at the Asa Wright Nature Center on Trinidad which, with Tobago, is as far into the Caribbean as you are likely to find them. My visit to Trinidad and Tobago was sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company but the views expressed in the blog posts regarding the trip are my own. For more information about visiting Trinidad and Tobago a good place to start is the official tourism website. ….

Large-billed Terns at the Trincity Sewage Ponds

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The Trincity Sewage Ponds in Trinidad and Tobago are no exception. My visit to the best sewage ponds for birding on the island of Trinidad was on 19 July 2013. My visit to Trinidad and Tobago was sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company but the views expressed in the blog posts regarding the trip are my own. For more information about visiting Trinidad and Tobago a good place to start is the official tourism website. ….

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Birds at the Bacolet Beach Club Hotel

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That is why on my trip to Trinidad and Tobago I was up early before the other participants and birding whatever area was available to me. Whether it was the dirt common Spectacled Thrush (which are a pretty cool bird even if they are everywhere in Trinidad and Tobago) or the spectacular Trinidad Motmot , there was always at least one bird in view or in earshot at the Bacolet Beach Club Hotel. Trips Bacolet Beach Club Trinidad and Tobago

Getting the Guan (Pawi Edition)

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The island paradise of Trinidad boasts three bands of mountains running east to west. Tanagers in Trinidad are a real treat, especially when crackers like Turquoise , Speckled , Bay-headed , and Swallow turn up with the usual Palm , Blue-gray , and White-lined. I blame Larry, who took pains to prepare us to not see Trinidad’s only non-motmot endemic. The Trinidad Piping Guan ( Pipile pipile ), also known as the Pawi , is a big, beautiful cracid.

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Birding the Gilpin Trace, Main Ridge Forest Reserve, Tobago

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More interesting to the non-birders were the Rufous-tailed Jacamar and Trinidad Motmots that we saw, though they did stay rather distant. My visit to Trinidad and Tobago was sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company but the views expressed in the blog posts regarding the trip are my own. For more information about visiting Trinidad and Tobago a good place to start is the official tourism website. ….

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Asa Wright? Absolutely!

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Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad holds a prominent position on that list of luminaries. The dichotomous republic of Trinidad and Tobago may be something of a cipher to anyone unfamiliar with the point where the Caribbean ends and South America begins. And if the birds in this report aren’t enough to get you searching deal sites for airfare to Port of Spain, be advised that the centre is the ideal base of operations for just about everything else you want to do on Trinidad.

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Awesome Birding at Aripo Savannah

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Such was my introduction to Aripo Savannah in Trinidad. My first morning in Trinidad was dedicated to discovering the myriad wonders of Asa Wright Nature Centre. Fortunately, we weren’t far at all from a mandatory stop on any Trinidad & Tobago nature tour. Aripo Savannah, one of the last and largest natural savannahs in Trinidad, offers rich wet prairie that is home to an array of flora and fauna found nowhere else on the island.

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Flight of the Ibis

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Last weekend I ended up spending some time with a few Glossy Ibises at a nearby wetland here on Trinidad and it got me thinking about some of the other ibis species I’ve managed to see.

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Living in Paradise

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The Trinidad Motmot is the only endemic species on the island. As is standard operating procedure, once a song gets stuck in your head you must pass it off to someone else.

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Endangered Species - Ocelot

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Photo linked to a very informative site.

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New Field Guide: Central America

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Notice that had I not used the Oxford Comma there, you’d be thinking “Costa Rica and Panama” was a country like Trinidad and Tobago. Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama make up Central America.

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of July 2013?

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Corey continues to enjoy the good life as he tours Trinidad and Tobago in search of birds, rum, and adventure, roughly in that order. When the birds of summer grow stale, a birder’s fancy turns to leps and odes. If you don’t know what those terms mean, think about the most colorful and fascinating flying creatures that aren’t birds. Summer is sweet for dragonflies, butterflies, and moths, the last of which deserve your attention over the next seven or so days.

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Hug a Tree with Me

I thought they looked awesome; flexing their muscles in their tiny bathing suits and I am not really sure why; although, my obsession could of stemmed from the fact that we lived in Trinidad in the before cable days when we only had three channels to choose from. So when I was younger I wanted to be a female body builder when I grew up! Yep, for some reason I became a little obsessed with the idea of becoming a professional body builder.

Birdy Boating in Baringo

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A familiar Striated Heron elicited the opposite reaction altogether as they are the default small heron here in Trinidad. I wrote previously about the prolific birding that is to be had in the small town of Baringo, Kenya. That post dealt specifically with the dry scrub that surrounds Lake Baringo, however. The lake itself is a whole other pot of gold. At an elevation of 970m, Lake Baringo is a typical freshwater Rift Valley lake with much of the usual suspects.

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My 2013 Birding Year in Review (With My Top Ten Birding Moments!)

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I didn’t travel much this year, with a June family trip to California and Nevada and a four-day trip in July to Trinidad and Tobago being my only opportunities to get birds not in the northeastern United States. Really, my entire last day in Trinidad and Tobago should qualify here but I haven’t that full day up so the Red-breasted Blackbirds will stand in. Seriously, go to Trinidad and Tobago right now and see the ibis.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2012)

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However, I spotted that egregious invasive while in Miami during a layover fro Trinidad and Tobago. Happy belated Father’s Day to everyone who observed it this weekend. Just to keep that sweet paternal vibe going, I’m going to award double points to anyone whose best bird of the weekend was seen in the company of a dad or by a dad with his child. Oh, you didn’t know we were keeping score?

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What is the National Bird of Venezuela?

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The Venezuelan Troupial has a large range, and can be found in Venezuela (obviously), Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, and a number of Caribbean Islands. I remember the very first time I saw the national bird of Venezuela. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught sight of a flash of orange disappearing behind a thick layer of tree leaves.

Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of June 2012?

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Only the luckiest of us see Oropendola nests when they look to the skies (Read about how you can make your own good luck by visiting Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad !) What is so rare as a day in June? The Fireside Poet James Russell Lowell had some thoughts on the matter , but I recommend that you get out there and decide for yourself. You’ve only got a few more days in the month, so make the most of this weekend!

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Southern Lapwings and their Sexy Spurs

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If you haven’t been to Trinidad and Tobago, you’re missing out on a country that combines many of the best qualities of the Caribbean and South America. One attribute endowed in T&T by its geological parent Venezuela is a deep diversity of avifauna, including a lot of South American specialties. So it should come as no surprise that Southern Lapwings abound there.

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