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 437 officially recorded birds, but this was done in the mid eighties, since then many birds had been added to the list. Recent additions include Black-tailed Godwit, Kelp Gull, Slaty Elaenia, Western Reef-heron (1st for Tobago); and waiting to be confirmed are birds like Cerulean Warbler and Chestnut-sided Warbler. Though a current tally is not available 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 a Richard ffrench 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. Bill Murphy's Guide to Birding in Trinidad and Tobago also has lots of invaluable information. 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 centered 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; none! 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 Trinidadis below the main track of hurricanes, so we just get the benefits of the birding.
Arima Blanchisseuse Road
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
For top sites in Tobago see the separate Tobago page…
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?.
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)
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.
Number of Species
Number of bird species: 468
National Bird (Trinidad)
Scarlet Ibis Eudocimus ruber
Number of endemics: 1
Trinidad Piping-Guan Pipile pipile
A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago
Richard ffrench Illustrated by O?Neill & Eckelberry Helm (1991)
ISBN: 0713667591Buy this book from NHBS.com
Bird Song of Trinidad and Tobago: An Aid to Identification
John Hammick and Richard French 3 CDs. Mandarin Productions 2004
ISBN: 148017Buy this book from NHBS.com
Birds of Trinidad and Tobago
Richard ffrench Series: CARIBBEAN POCKET NATURAL HISTORY SERIES 125 pages, col photos. Macmillan Caribbean 2004
ISBN: 0333995848Buy this book from NHBS.com
Birds of Trinidad and Tobago
Floyd E Hayes, Martyn Kenefick and Robin L Restall Helm 2007
ISBN: 0713685441Buy this book from NHBS.com
Birds of Trinidad and Tobago - Tape
W Murphy 30 mins. Peregrine Enterprises 1997
ISBN: 0941475042Buy this book from NHBS.com
Checklist of Birds of Trinidad and Tobago
WL Murphy 10 pages, fold out format. Peregrine Enterprises 1994
ISBN: 54233Buy this book from NHBS.com
DVD - Birding Trinidad - In Pursuit of Pawi
by malcolm Rymer 90 mins
See Fatbirder Review ISBN: 143352
Buy direct from the filmmaker: http://www.wildlifevideos.net/trinidad_new.html
Here is a list of knowledgeable and environmentally sensitive guides.
David Rooks - P. O. Box 348, Scarborough, Tobago, West Indies (868) 756 8549 and (868) 660 6168 (speciality: birds)
Pioneer Journeys - Pat Turpin, Charlotteville, Tobago, West Indies (868) 660-4327
Renson Jack - Delaford, Tobago, West Indies (868) 660-5175 (speciality: plants)
William Trim - Goldsborough, c/o Goodwood Post Office, Tobago, West Indies (868) 660-5529
Newton George - (868) 660-5463 (specialty: birds)
More at: http://www.scsoft.de/et/et2.nsf/KAP4View/5C030278B74D1507C125631A004D5AC0?OpenDocument
Guides & Tour Operators
…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…
Reserve your spot now on Bill Murphy's next Trinidad & Tobago tour… …this site also has a lot of good info and pictures.
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…
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…
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…
…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…
Ocassional trips to T&T…
Wonderful introduction to South America`s bird riches (including bellbirds, toucans, manakins & motmots)…
…small travel company based in the UK and specialising in Nature and Birding Holidays in Trinidad & Tobago…
…A 14-day birdwatching and natural history holiday to Trinidad & Tobago, including an 8-day stay at the renowned Asa Wright Nature Centre…
…14-day birdwatching and natural history holiday to Trinidad & Tobago, including an 8-day stay at the renowned Asa Wright Nature Centre…
Rockjumper Birding Tours
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
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…
e.g. Morne Catherine Tour - Trinidad`s most recently discovered birding hot spot. Located in Chaguaramas on the country`s north-western peninsula, the trail meanders gracefully, sometimes rising sharply as it progresses towards its summit. The area is a restricted one and entry is gained by permits only, so prior notification is necessary. Over 100 species of birds can be found in this area. The occurrence of vagrants and other migrants from the mainland continent is frequent because of the area`s close proximity to Venezuela. Best seen from 6:30 a.m. to noon…
Trinidad and Tobago, the beautiful, mountainous green islands off South America's northeast coast, are widely celebrated among birdwatchers, for which they have an enduring and particular appeal…
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.
1998 [01 January] - Fatbirder
Fatbirder's own trip…
2006 [01 January] - David Mason
After Gambia, Goa and Texas where could we go just after Christmas to provide excellent birding and guarantee a warm sunny break from the English winter? Several options spring to mind, but in the end we chose Trinidad and Tobago, as our friends Pat and Judy were also interested, having read a number of trip reports and visited the Asa Wright web site Although the birding lived up to expectations, the weather on Trinidad didn't.
2006 [01 January] - Pat & Judy Hayes
obago is the archetypal Caribbean Island, with clear azure waters containing coral reefs, palm fringed white sandy beaches and the types of resorts you'd expect…
2006 [02 February] - Sue & Neil Jervis
This trip was booked primarily as a beach holiday with a little bird watching thrown in and apart from printing a checklist of Trinidad and Tobago and buying the Birds of the West Indies from the internet, our preparation was limited to packing the binoculars, insect repellent and a note book…
2008 [03 March] - Martyn Kenefick
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…
2008 [04 April] - Bill Murphy
This exceptionally fine trip began with an email from Jay and Carolyn Brown of Palmyra, Virginia, formerly of Bethesda, Maryland, where they lived when I'd seen them last…
2009 [11 November] - Bill Murphy
…During the tour we found a grand total of 210 species of birds, including 12 heard-only's, with extraordinarily good views of many, and with sightings of at least six species of birds unusual enough to merit submission of details to the Trinidad and Tobago Rare Bird Committee…
2010 [05 May] - Bill Murphy
…When this trip was first announced, little did we know that Iceland's Eyjafjoell volcano, more than 4,000 miles from Trinidad, would pose a significant challenge to the arrival of two of the participants…
2010 [11 November] -Bill Murphy
…During this tour we found a grand total of 211 species of birds, including five "heard-only's," with extraordinarily good views of many and with sightings of at least six species unusual enough to merit submission of details to the Trinidad & Tobago Rare Bird Committee…
2011 [02 February] - Bill Murphy
…This trip was very different from most of the birding trips I’ve led to Trinidad & Tobago. Last year’s drought-induced fires had drastically reduced the numbers of many species, so birding was far more challenging than normal. Moreover, the interests of the group varied widely, so we spent time at several very enjoyable places that hardcore birding rarely permits…
2011 [02 February] - Gary & Marlene Babic
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
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 [01 January] - Bill Murphy
From start to finish, I think we'd all agree that this was an exceptionally complicated tour that turned out amazingly well. Despite hellacious snowstorms and closed airports throughout half of the U.S.A., all participants eventually got to experience the uniqueness of both Trinidad and Tobago…
2013 [02 February] - Charles Spagnoli
…Life birds are presented in capitals. After the first sighting of a species I will not mention further sightings unless they are notable in some manner, thus avoiding tiresome repetition of common birds such as Great kiskadee and Bananaquit….
2013 [03 March] - Martyn Kenefick
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
…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
…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
…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
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
...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
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
...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
...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] - Barry Zimmer
...After arriving at the location, we strolled downhill for a few hundred yard, looking and hoping. Along the way, some good birds demanded our attention—a singing Barred Antshrike, several Orange-winged Parrots perched in the open branches of a cecropia, and a gorgeous male Blue Dacnis outshined by the male Red-legged Honeycreeper next to it...
2016 [02 February] - Eric Hynes & Doug Gochfeld
...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...
Places to Stay
Adventure Eco Villas
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…
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
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.
See blue-grey and palm tanagers, banaquits, tropical mocking-birds, great kiskadees, hummingbirds, orioles, flycatchers, ruddy ground doves, crested oropendolas all sharing our garden. Indeed, Carnetta's is a haven for the ecotourist…
Paria Springs Eco Community
Paria Springs, a nature lodge in Trinidad, the Caribbean`s best eco-tourism destination, where you experience South America`s vast diversity of flora and fauna on a Caribbean Island. The best of both worlds.
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.
Guardian Life Wildlife Fund
Established in July 1992, the Trust supports the funding of projects to preserve the wildlife heritage of Trinidad and Tobago. Guardian Life of the Caribbean Limited, founder of the Fund, which donated an initial $25,000.00, has pledged to match other contributions up to $1 million over a four year period, begining 1997. This target is attainable. The Fund is managed by five Trustees led by a distinguished retired Professor of Zoology with decades of practical experience in the conservation of the flora and fauna of Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad and Tobago Rare Bird Committe
The TTRBC evaluates reports of birds with the aim of converting them into documented records that can be used reliably for scientific studies of bird distribution and patterns of avian vagrancy…
Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists Club
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…
Asa Wright Nature Centre
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…
Caroni Bird Sanctuary
…the scarlet ibis spends the day in Venezuela, and flies back home at the end of the afternoon, to spend the night in the Caroni Bird Sanctuary at around 6 pm…
Wetland of International Importance
Trinidad and Tobago currently has 3 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 15,919 hectares.
Forums & Mailing Lists
South Caribbean Bird Alert
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…
Checklist - Birds of Trinidad
Discovering the Birds of Trinidad & Tobago
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…
Exploring the natural side of Trinidad
One of the most famous nature destinations is the Caroni Swamp, where you can see Trinidad and Tobago`s national bird, the scarlet ibis…
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 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
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…