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Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Tufted Coquette Lophornis ornatus ©Glenn Bartley Website

Birding Trinidad & Tobago

This page refers to information for Trinidad & Tobago or specific to Trinidad - see the link below to the page for Tobago for information specific only to that island

Trinidad and Tobago, the perfect combination of Caribbean and South American birding! Tobago probably separated from Trinidad and the mainland about 12,000 years ago, due to sea level rise after the last ice age. However recent studies suggest the possibility that Trinidad separated from the South American Mainland as recently as 1,500 years ago! Combine this with islands that host extensive wetlands, rainforest covered mountain ranges, savannas, mudflats, dams, and the best; sewage ponds!! It all adds up to fantastic birding.

At last count Trinidad and Tobago had 482 recorded birds, the list is certainly pushing up towards 500. Put all this in a country that speaks English (though at times you may not think so); has a low crime rate, and a people with a vibrant culture, which invented the Steelpan. Where birding is as far as your balcony, or as close as your nose as a hummer zooms past chasing an intrepid interloper while nearly going off with a piece of your nose.

Some highlights include male Oropendolas sticking their heads between their legs, rattling their wings and beaks, while giving a most peculiar song to impress the girls, and they do impress them. The females will build meter long nests (some can reach nearly 3 meters long) for the most impressive male who may have a harem of up to 20 females! Then there are Pepershrikes that are often heard but rarely seen, or Woodcreepers and Antbirds following trails of Army Ants. Manakins buzzing about, clearing their own dance spot in the forest floor, or sliding along a thin branch (they invented the moonwalk, not Michael Jackson); again all to impress the ladies. To top it off there are the showy birds like Scarlet Ibis, Red-Breasted Blackbirds, Turquoise Tanagers, Ruby Topaz, White-necked Jacobins, and Red-legged Honeycreepers.

Then there are the strange birds like the Bearded Bell Bird that can be heard miles away with its toll like call, or the Antshrikes ending their call with a sound like a windup siren that suddenly lost power. Though the ultimate in the strange category are the Devilbirds or Oilbirds that live like bats in caves going out at night to feed on fruit using echolocation to navigate through the dark forests.

(The Fatbirder adds:)
I stayed on Trinidad at the world famous Asa Wright Nature centre where one can sit all day on the Veranda over looking the valley and just watch the hummingbirds and honeycreepers coming to the feeders, the antwrens picking through the leaf litter or the hawks and vultures soaring overhead. You can wake to the sound of Oropendolas squabling or the peppershrikes calling. Leaning over the balcony you can watch woodcreepers creeping, hummingbirds humming and bellbirds tolling.

Tips: Along with your chosen T&T Fieldguide I would also carry a good guide to North American birds, and if you have space and money also the Guide To Venezuelan Birds is recommended. Before coming, check out the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalist Club's website and while there go to the Rare Bird Committee page and find the Bird Alert, it will give the current sightings.

Crime in Trinidad is mainly centred around the drug trade and cities. Hence, outside of this crime is relatively low, however, prevention is always the best way to go. Always be courteous and kind to people you meet they will respond with in kind, making you much more of a friend rather than a target. Never flash fancy things around, yes you do have binoculars, scopes etc, but don't flash money or show off your equipment. Ask locals which areas are safe and which are not.

I am always asked which time of year is best for birding, the answer is; anytime! Throughout the year there is great birding, in the Northern Winter we get the migrants from North America, in the Austral Winter we get the South American migrants. The best weather is found from January to May as this is the Dry Season, and the Wet Season in June to December. A large portion of the wet season is the hurricane season, which does blow in a few rare birds. Don't worry Trinidad is below the main track of hurricanes, so we just get the benefits of the birding.

Top Sites

Arima Blanchisseuse Road

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The road from Asa Wright down to the sea at Blanchisseuse is 19 kilometres of birding, Tanagers and Trogons, Toucans and Manakins, Cuckoos and Jacamars to name just a few. The highest Point of this road where it passes from the leeward to the windward sides is about 2,000 feet above sea level and is know for high elevation birds such as Speckled and Blue Capped Tanagers, and is good for migrant Warblers.

Aripo Savannah and Arena Forest

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This is an all day trip around the savannah off the Eastern main Road via Cumuto village and Waller Field, culminating with time in the Arena forest after lunch. The morning is leisurely stopping frequently to scan roadside bushes and open areas and takes in Cumutu village for a colony of yellow-rumped caciques. Waller Field has its specialities too, primarily as it has scarce moriche palms attracting turquoise tanagers, sulphury flycatchers and fork-tailed palm swifts. There are also some pools formed from gravel or sand workings and lots of abandoned runways and roads at the old airfield. Lunch is usually taken as you arrive at the Arena forest (where you may see a roosting barn owl in an abandoned house). The forest itself is old plantation and pretty dense. Tape luring usually brings all three trogons down for crippling views, along with woodcreepers, woodpeckers, tanagers and jacamars. (Cumuto is best early morning or late evening when it can also produce many Red-bellied Macaws and Ruby Topaz.)

Asa Wright Nature Centre

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The most relaxed watching anywhere with veranda feeders, acres of secondary forest to wander and the most accessible colony of oilbirds in the world.

Caroni Rice Fields

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The entrance to the Rice Fields is just across the highway from the area where you get the boat for the Caroni Swamp tour. It is best during the Hurricane Season from July to November, though is worth a look anytime of the year. It hosts many migrant birds travelling both north and south to and from wintering grounds and some spend the austral winter there. Pintails, Whistling Ducks, Godwits, numerous Sandpipers, Bitterns, Herons and Plovers may be found here.

Caroni Swamp

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Take a boat ride along the blue river into the mangroves, and then into open water with mangrove clad islets to see the spectacular roost of 2,000 scarlet ibis with a supporting cast of boat-billed and tri-coloured herons, potoos and caracaras.

Nariva Swamp

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There is a seven-mile beach of Cocos Bay on the east coast lined with (so they say) a million coconut palms at the end of which one turns into Nariva Swamp travelling along Bush Bush peninsula that juts out into the Swamp. The swamp itself isn't much of a swamp in the wet season still less in the dry (this is due to unregulated farming in the swamp). There is a creek running beside the very pot-holed road (with fisherman's huts along it) backed by very tall grasses and sedges - The road the creek runs along is called Kernahan Trace. It is the place for the two Gallinules, Pinnated Bittern and Dickcissel. There will be a supporting cast of Herons and Egrets, Tyrants and Yellow-hooded and Red-breasted blackbirds. The trip culminates with rum punch back in the palm trees as dusk approaches and you wait for over 50 Red-bellied Macaws to come into roost in a stand of Moriche palms.

Paria Springs Eco-Community

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This is a series of Host Homes located in Brasso Seco, Paria, along with a lodge that will be constructed in 2002. This is a rural community and offers excellent forest birding along roadsides and trails that have little or no traffic. Bellbirds, Toucans, Blue Dacnis, Bay-headed or Turquoise Tanagers, Green Purple or Red-legged Honeycreepers are among the list of showy birds found here. Since this is on the windward side of the Northern Range many Raptors may be see gliding on the thermals. Paria Springs also has a guesthouse in Grande Riverre, Le Grand Almandier, and this area is the best for viewing the Trinidad Piping Guan (Pawi). Also from March to July Leatherback Turtles can be seen nesting on the beach.

Pax Guest House

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Not far from Port of Spain, located on the hills overlooking the Caroni Plains it offers, it also offers good birding from its balcony both in its feeders and the forests. A walk along its trails can produce many passerines and at times nesting Raptors may be seen.

Point-a-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust

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Dedicated to the conservation of wetland birds, it is located in the centre of an oil refinery. It has a main lagoon, which a guided tour can be taken around and offers good views of Whistling Ducks, Anhingas, Cormorants, Green Herons and sometimes a Red-capped Cardinal or a Saffron Finch may make an appearance.

South Trinidad

The Southern Half of Trinidad has many great birding spots, however, unless you are in Trinidad for a significant amount of time, the birding is not so different to North Trinidad as to be worth the long drive. If you do go down there Fullarton Swamp, Icacos and Trinity Hills can be productive.

Tobago

For top sites in Tobago see the separate Tobago page…

Trincity Ponds

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Near to the Capital these old sewage ponds should also only be visited as a group as some birders have experienced problems with theft! [I have just been told that recently a fence, with a gate and gateman have been installed so theft is no longer a problem here]. A series of old concrete tanks with waterbirds etc. Great for waders, hirundines, grebes, and passerines. Watch for Caiman, which slide away into the water to get out of your way. Our guide said Look, a caiman. to which an American birder asked Is it in flight?.

Waller Field

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Lamping on this old airfield can produce two types of owl, nightjars, paraques and potoos and (surprising to me) roosts of waders such as Southern lapwing and semi-palmated plovers. There will also be the chorus of frogs some of which hop across the runway. This is not somewhere to try when unaccompanied as, it is rumoured, it is still occasionally used as an airport by gentlemen of dubious character importing exotic extracts from South America.

Waterloo (Temple in the Sea)

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These are mudflats that are exposed at low tide; so check the tide table in the newspapers. This can produce rare Gulls, Terns, Skimmers, Sandpipers, Plovers, Herons and lots more. Often well over 1,000 birds can be seen feeding on the mudflats. If you have the time going further south from here during low tide and check various coastal spots may be rewarding.

Contributor

Courtenay Rooks

Managing Director

Paria Springs Eco-Community

rooks@pariasprings.com

http://www.pariasprings.com

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 482

(As at october 2018)

National Bird (Trinidad)
Scarlet Ibis Eudocimus ruber

Endemics

Number of endemics: 1

Trinidad Piping-Guan Pipile pipile

Checklist

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Useful Reading

A Birdwatchers' Guide to Trinidad and Tobago

By WL Murphy | Prion | 2004 | Edition 3 | Paperback | 172 pages, 36 b/w photos, maps, figs |

ISBN: 1871104114

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A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago

By Richard ffrench & John P O'Neill & Eckelberry | Comstock Publishing Associates | 2013 | Paperback | 407 pages, 40 colour plates, 14 b/w photos and b/w illustrations, 3 b/w maps |

ISBN: 9780801473647

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Bird Song of Trinidad and Tobago: An Aid to Identification

By John Hammick & Richard French | Mandarin Productions | 2004 | Audio CD | 3 Discs |

ISBN: #148017

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Birds of Trinidad and Tobago

By Richard ffrench | Macmillan Caribbean | 2004 | Paperback | 125 pages, colour photos |

ISBN: 0333995848

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Birds of Trinidad and Tobago

Martyn Kenefick, Robin Restall & Floyd Hayes | Christopher Helm | 2011 | Edition 2 | Paperback | 272 pages, 107 colour plates, maps |

ISBN: 9781408152096

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The Birds of the West Indies

By Herbert Raffaele, James Wiley, Orlando Garrido, Allan Keith & Janis Raffaele | Christopher Helm | 2003 Paperback | 216 pages, 92 colour plates, 181 colour distribution maps |

ISBN: 0713654198

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Trinidad and Tobago: Wildlife Guide

(Mammals - Birds - Reptiles - Amphibians - Invertebrates) | By Mark Wainwright, Enrique Leal C & Robert Dean | Rainforest Publications | 2012 | Unbound | 14 pages, colour illustrations |

ISBN: 9781888538595

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Useful Information

Organisations

Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists Club

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The Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists Club, a society for the study of Natural History, is one of the oldest clubs existing in Trinidad and Tobago, having being founded on 10th July 1891. Approximately 250 members share interests in the natural environment such as birding, botany, photography, geology, research and scientific investigation, publication, conservation and protection…

Reserves

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BS Point-a-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust

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The Trust also Believes that only through the education of our People, especially the children, will there be any real hope for the Future. We believe that greater awareness and understanding of the importance of preserving the environment and all our Natural resources, together with the protection and managed breeding of our Wildlife and the propogation of our trees and plants, will assist in bringing greater stability, true growth and a healthier economy and that this awareness will build more responsible and productive human beings.

BS WII Caroni Swamp

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The Caroni Swamp is an estuarine system comprising 5,611 hectares of mangrove forest and herbaceous marsh, interrupted by numerous channels, and brackish and saline lagoons, and with extensive intertidal mudflats on the seaward side. This swamp is an important wetland since it is ecologically diverse, consisting of marshes, mangrove swamp and tidal mudflats in close proximity. The wetland provides a variety of habitats for flora and faunal species and as such, supports a rich biodiversity.

NR Asa Wright Nature Centre

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The 720-acre nature centre, nestled on the slopes of the Northern Range of the island of Trinidad, quietly has been carving a name for itself over the past 31 years…

Wetland of International Importance

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Trinidad and Tobago currently has 3 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 15,919 hectares.

WII FR Nariva Swamp

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The Nariva Swamp is extremely biodiverse. It is home to 45 mammal species, 39 reptile species, 33 fish species, 204 bird species, 19 frog species, 213 insect species and 15 mollusc species. All this contained in just 60 square kilometers.

Forums & Mailing Lists

South Caribbean Bird Alert

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The Southeastern Caribbean Bird Alert is published weekly on the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists' Club website, and is also available via email. Its aim is to promote birding and ornithology in the southeastern Caribbean by fostering communication among resident and visiting birders…

Guides & Tour Operators

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Bird Treks

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…The Asa Wright Nature Centre, which is located at 1200 feet in Trinidad's North Range. Asa Wright is a place of luxuriant beauty and home to an important and easily observed colony of rare Oilbirds. Birding from the veranda is an unforgettable experience…

Birder Bill

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Reserve your spot now on Bill Murphy's next Trinidad & Tobago tour… …this site also has a lot of good info and pictures.

Birding Ecotours

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Trinidad and Tobago are a remarkable set of islands, with such close proximity to the mainland of South America the islands enjoy both mainland and Caribbean species. With the Northern Range of mountains, savannas, beaches, and tropical swamps there is a great variety of birds here to enjoy. Tobago also has some nice seabird colonies, making for a well-rounded species list, including several sought-after regional endemics. Combined with its lovely beaches, friendly people, and a wonderful mix of carib/creole/Indian cuisine, this is a great destination to do some fantastic birding…

Caligo Ventures

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Caligo Ventures is the Asa Wright Nature Centre's representative, responsible for providing first-class tour and travel programming to the Centre for over 25 years. In addition to your stay at the Centre you will also be taken to several of Trinidad's best birding spots, including the magnificent Caroni Marsh, to watch the incredible spectacle of hundreds of Scarlet Ibis returning to their roosts at sunset. Comprehensive 10-day tours of Trinidad & Tobago are conducted throughout the year as are shorter 7-day Trinidad-Only tours. If group travel isn't your thing, consider our Birding Ventures program for independent travellers or simply make room reservations for a stay at the Centre on your own. We also offer Centre tours for affinity groups such as Audubon Chapters, science centres, hiking clubs, zoos, and nature centres. Our low group size of only 10 paying participants helps make this a very successful undertaking…

Eco-Adventures

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…Almost 400 bird species (more than any other Caribbean island), 620 butterfly species, 2,300 flowering plants – including 700 orchids – 108 recorded mammal species, 57 of them bats, 70 different reptiles…

Exotic Birding

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Ocassional trips to T&T…

Motmot Travel

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…small travel company based in the UK and specialising in Nature and Birding Holidays in Trinidad & Tobago…

Rockjumper Birding Tours

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Over 460 bird species have been recorded in Trinidad & Tobago, and there are few places where such a high diversity of birds can be found in such a small area. Our tour covers the entirety of these beautiful tropical islands, utilizing fantastic accommodations in prime birding habitat, while the photographic opportunities are simply spectacular!

Roger Neckles - Avifauna Tours

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It is said that I am Trinidad & Tobago's Leading Wildlife Photographer. My pictures have been published on every major newspaper in Trinidad & Tobago, in Business calendars and annual reports, company advertisements, billboards and brochures…

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

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CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2008 [03 March] - Martyn Kenefick

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Birdfinders’ 2008 tour to Trinidad & Tobago was an exceptionally successful tour. The group quickly became a team of friends and we had many sharp pairs of eyes matching their equally sharp wit! There is little or no migration at this time of year and, as always, we missed one or two relatively common species. Nevertheless our luck with traditional “hard to get” birds was almost unequalled and we ended with a total of 229 species…

2011 [02 February] - Gary & Marlene Babic

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On this short trip we spent three nights at the famous Asa Wright Nature Center, one night in Grand Riviere which is the best site for Trinidad Piping-guan, and three nights at Blue Waters Inn in Tobago. We had approximately 30 target birds for the trip. By good fortune we had previously met Martyn Kenefick, the author of the newest field guide to Trinidad, and he kindly gave us advice on best places to see our birds…

2012 [11 November] - Sam Fried & Bill Murphy

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Sam and I ran this tour to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the trip on which we met at the Asa Wright Nature Centre. What better way to remember a great time than by revisiting a hallowed birding site with some good friends?! Temperatures reminded us of the famous Trini song Hot, Hot, Hot! The rainy season treated us extremely well, with torrential rains coming at night and not during our time afield. We finished the trip with a very respectable 200 species of birds seen or heard by the group (not counting another dozen seen or heard only by Sam or Bill), along with sightings of tropical mammals, reptiles, butterflies, fish, and other organisms…

2013 [03 March] - Martyn Kenefick

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Having arrived in Trinidad by various means and at various times the previous day from Houston, Miami, and Panama City, and having stayed overnight at a couple of small local guest houses, the group all met up at 6:30am at Piarco airport for the 20-minute flight over to Tobago. Administratively everything went according to plan. Group check-in was efficient; the flight punctual and smooth; our baggage came "out the other end" in timely fashion; our local driver, Bert Isaac, was there to meet us; and so the birding began…

2013 [05 May] - Martyn Kenefick

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…As the group met up later for dinner there were tales of Rufous-vented Chachalaca, Barred Antshrike, Caribbean Martin, Spectacled Thrush, Bananaquit, White-lined and Blue-grey Tanagers in the hotel garden. All that remained was to enjoy a superb buffet dinner of grilled swordfish and ginger beef followed by a well-deserved sleep after a long day of travel…..

2014 [02 February] - Eric Hynes & Lena Senko

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…Looking farther out into the canopy, we watched Orange-winged Parrots, Channel-billed Toucans, and a displaying Bearded Bellbird, whose weird wattles shook whenever he bellowed out a metallic "BONG!" from the treetops…

2014 [03 March] - Michael Hurben

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…This was a great site for us to see four of the more elusive species that we did not find at Asa Wright, including Long-billed Starthroat and Little Hermit..

2015 [02 February] - Eric Hynes & Tom Johnson

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We had amazing views of this critically endangered Cracid for about five minutes as it sang its worried, whistling song, then flew past us with a very loud wing clattering. The rest of the day was a blur after the piping-guan, but we did have great luck, finding Black-faced Antthrushes parading around on the ground, a territorial Chestnut Woodpecker, and soaring Ornate Hawk-Eagle and White Hawks.

2015 [03 March] - Stephen Burch

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...The veranda at ASA Wright is probably world famous as a relaxing place to watch a good selection of colourful birds and it did not disappoint, despite the weather which was often wet. From the veranda and immediate surrounds we enjoyed views of 10 species of hummingbird. In addition to the common four from Tobago we saw the amazing Tufted Coquette, White-chested Emerald, Blue-chinned Sapphire, Green Hermit and Long-billed Starthroat. A Little Hermit showed briefly at the top of the Discovery trail, nearby...

2015 [08 August] - Petri Hottola - Trinidad

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For me, the following 24 target species were the reason to visit the island: Trinidad Piping Guan, Stripe-backed Bittern, Scarlet Ibis, Rufous Crab Hawk, Grey-breasted Crake, Yellow-breasted Crake, Azure Gallinule, Lilac-tailed Parrotlet, Oilbird, Chapman’s Swift, White-chested Emerald, Tufted Coquette, Guianan Trogon, Chestnut Woodpecker, Black-crested Antshrike, White-bellied Antbird, Silvered Antbird, Short-tailed Pygmy Tyrant, Pied Water Tyrant, Golden-headed Manakin, Masked Cardinal, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, Yellow Oriole and Trinidad Euphonia.

2015 [09 September] - Teresa Montras Janer & Magnus Friberg

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...Brown and Red-footed Booby - from which we had very good views once at the little island, breeding on the cliffs of Little Tobago - Laughing Gull and a juvenile Bridled Tern! Once on Little Tobago, we followed our guide Randy. ‘Native’ Red Junglefowl were all over the place – a sign of a previous human presence on the island

2016 [01 January] - Tom Johnson

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...Some of our most memorable sightings on Trinidad included comparisons of lekking dances of Golden-headed and White-bearded Manakins, the satanic shrieks of the otherworldly Oilbirds, the beautiful view of Crimson-crested Woodpecker perched on a palm, the myriad nightjars (and the roosting Peregrine) at night in the Aripo Livestock Station, lovely comparisons of Fork-tailed Palm-Swifts and a Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift, and of course, daily sightings of plucky and stunning Tufted Coquettes....

2016 [02 February] - Eric Hynes & Doug Gochfeld

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...The next morning we headed up the road to explore the Northern Range via the Blanchisseuse Road. We dipped on the previously reported Trinidad Piping-Guan but found plenty of other exciting species. Eventually we descended the north slope to the communities of Brasso Seco and Morne La Croix where we found Blue-headed Parrots and a bustling colony of Yellow-rumped Caciques...

2017 [01 January] - Regina McNulty

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Trinidad & Tobago are one country but two islands. Trinidad is the larger of the 2 with approximately 1800 square miles. We booked our trip through Caligo Birding Tours.….

2017 [05 May] - Richard Bashford

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...head for the veranda around 6am. Palm Tanagers made it to the fruit laden tables first, while the beautiful Copperrumped Hummingbirds were feeding on nearby flowering bushes. The far larger and visually striking Crested Oropendolas were crashing their way to the fruit among the far smaller Bananaquits. Looking elsewhere, incredibly rich coloured Violaceous Euphonias stuck to the fruiting Tobacco Trees, while the many hummingbird feeders had become busier with White-necked Jacobins, known for their ‘grumpy’ demeanour, chasing others away. Both Green and Purple Honeycreepers had now arrived in force, with a few more species of hummingbird at the feeders...

2017 [06 June] - David Milton - Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago

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...To complete the range of possible new birds in Trinidad, we added 2 nights on the NE coast to look for Trinidad Piping-guan after we returned from Tobago. When we arrived at our guest house at Mt. Plaisir we were informed that we would be sharing the dining area with Sir David Attenborough who was filming the Leather-backed Turtles that were nesting right in front of our room balcony. We hoped to see that program in the future as we would be able say we were there. On our birding tour the next morning with the local guide, Nicholas, not only did we see 2 Trinidad Piping Guan in the Grand Riviere, but we also sampled some of his home-made chocolate....

2018 [01 January] - Megan Edwards Crewe

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2018 [02 February] - Pat Lueders

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2018 [03 March] - Bob Rodrigues

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Everyone was up early before breakfast to watch birds from the verandah feeders. After breakfast we had an orientation meeting with Dave Ramlal who would be our main guide while in Trinidad....

2018 [06 June] - Carol Simon & Howard Topoff

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Also along the Queen’s Park Savannah is another impressive building, The National Academy for the Performing Arts. Designed with a notably modern style, it houses a 1500-seat theater plus much more.

Places to Stay

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Adventure Eco Villas

Accommodation

Adventure Eco Villas is nestled amongst the Tropical Flora and Fauna of a twelve-acre nature reserve and organic farm. Only minutes away from palm-fringed beaches with excellent snorkeling. You will appreciate the elegant comfort, serenity and nature of this unique jewel of Tobago…

Amazon Lodge

Accommodation

Come and relax in the tranquil, tropical surroundings of the Amazon Lodge in Trinidad. Classy accommodation in a quiet, upmarket neighbourhood, nestled in the verdant valleys of the Northern Range….

Asa Wright Nature Centre

Accommodation

The continental origin and proximity of Trinidad to South America, along with its many varied habitats, has resulted in an unusually diverse fauna. The species lists for this island are impressive: 108 mammals; 400 birds; 55 reptiles; 25 amphibians; and 617 butterflies! No other area in the West Indies, and few if any areas of comparable size anywhere in tropical America, can match this spectacular diversity of species. It is 50 miles long by about 37 miles wide with varied landscape features, including its Northern Range rising to a little over 3,000 feet, most of which is covered by one or another form of tropical rainforest. It is here, in this rich tropical part of this beautiful island, that you will find the magical Asa Wright Nature Centre. Recommended by the Fat Birder who spent a week in this Paradise in 1998.

Plantation House

Accommodation

Plantation house is located in the Santa Barbara estate in the Maracas Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Set on a hill, in 15 acres of a former cocoa and citrus plantation, there are panoramic views in every direction. It`s a place to rest, relax and unwind.

Other Links

Discovering the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago

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Discovering the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago will provide hundreds of photographs, images and descriptions of tropical birds plus added bonus features. Trinidad and Tobago has been described as a tropical bird watchers paradise with over 400 different species of neo-tropical birds, making it one of the richest birding countries per square mile with avian spectacles at every turn. Trinidad and Tobago are just off the coast of Venezuela and were once connected to the South American mainland…

Flaming Immortelles

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At this time of the year great swaths of our forests are turning brilliant vermillion! This is because the Immortelle trees (Erythrina poeppigiana) are flowering. These are large trees; they grow to a height of about 80 feet (25 metres), and begin to flower at the end of the rainy season, late December, each year.

Trinidad Birding

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Trinidad birds - if you are searching for concise, accurate information about this tropical paradise, look no further! This site is sure to become your #1 bookmark. Here you'll find everything you could want to know about books, audio tapes, checklists, trip reports, and loads of links to other Trinidad websites. You'll discover an easy to use, information-packed web site.

Photographers & Artists

Photographer - Roger Neckles

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It is said that I am Trinidad & Tobago's Leading Wildlife Photographer. My pictures have been published on every major newspaper in Trinidad & Tobago, in Business calendars and annual reports, company advertisements, billboards and brochures…