Spring migration of birds has started and slowly but surely some of the ‘usual suspects’ are coming to the island to replenish their fat reserves before flying back towards North America for the start of the 2022 breeding season. True, the fall migration is the most varied in terms of species and numbers of birds … More Spring migration has started
Download the article in Dutch here: Most bird species on Curaçao are very pragmatic with regard to their breeding period. If it rains and there is enough food, birds will breed. Or in some cases such as the Crested Caracara, when it gets drier and there is more bait and carrion they will breed. However, … More Warning: Breeding season for coastal and seabirds is upon us again
A juvenile scarlet ibis For four months now, between the mangroves opposite the new hospital in Otrobanda, in what should one day become an accessible mangrove park, a very young Scarlet ibis, has been roaming for food and sleeping. It is unclear how the animal ended up here on the island on its own, and … More RARE BIRD ALERT: Juvenile Scarlet Ibis
February is the month to watch once again for rare and unexpected birds visiting the island of Curacao. After the Cocoi Heron on the 16th of February, the elusive Whistling Heron was seen once again on the island on February 17th followed by the new record of a Double-striped Thick-knee. February 23rd was the day … More RARE BIRD ALERT: Double-striped Thick-knee
Yellow Orioles are native breeding birds for the island of Curaçao but are much rarer than the conspicuous orange-collared troupial. These bright yellow birds have a black bib and mask as well as black wings with white markings. In Papiamentu they are called Trupial kachó which translates to ‘barking troupial’, a name which points to … More AD article: Breeding behavior of Yellow orioles
So agile and busy. Bananaquits have a natural diet that consists of more insects than nectar even though their name in Dutch suggests otherwise. They are called Suikerdiefje or Sugar thief in Dutch, aimed towards their taste for refined sugar when it is presented to them in feeding areas. Don’t get me wrong, in nature … More Upside down Banaquit – what to present on feeding tables
People tend to look at nature with very romantic glasses, and often push certain stereotypes onto certain species of animals. Think of the ‘ferocious King of the jungle Lion’ (where the females are often the ones hunting while the king is chilling somewhere around). It isn’t different with birds, and our name giving or the … More An amicable bonding of species or preparations for an attack….?
We are incredibly proud to announce that the new book ‘Vogels van Curaçao’ (Birds of Curaçao – in Dutch), has been delivered by the printer. A large part of this edition is going off to Curaçao by boat and a limited amount is now available in the Netherlands. 300 sponsored books for educational institutions on … More New book: ‘Vogels van Curaçao’ (in Dutch)
There are certain birds, most people don’t even know exist on the island much less that they are breeding birds. True, some of these birds make it really really difficult to photograph them in the wild due to their habitats or way of living. Like this little fellow on the photo on the left. This … More Mysterious bird: White-tailed nightjar
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐬 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐜̧𝐚𝐨!?Many have asked this question over the last couple of days. Traditionally the months of August and September are Swallow months on our island, meaning that suddenly out of nowhere thousands of these tiny agile birds are roaming around all over the island in a … More S.O.S. Swallow – What is going on?