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?
Some years the first swallows arrive at the end of July and other years at the end of Augustus or beginning of September. Whenever they arrive on the island of Curacao, the first arrivals always mark the start of the fall migration! And every migration season brings its own exiting bird encounters. Bird Watchers who … More Fall migration season 2021 starts!
One of the larger pigeons on the island, this species has gone from being rare to abundantly present in 15 years. ENGLISH: Bare-eyed PigeonDUTCH: NaaktoogduifPAPIAMENTO: Ala blanca (Palomba di mondi on Bonaire)SCIENTIFIC: 𝘗𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘰𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘴 The most well known local pigeon species on the island is the Ala blanca or Bare-eyed Pigeon, which can now be … More Birds in the garden (9): the Bare-eyed pigeon
Almost certainly the most photographed bird on the island by visitors and island residents. ENGLISH: Venezuelan TroupialDUTCH: Oranje TroepiaalPAPIAMENTO: TrupialSCIENTIFIC: 𝘐𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘶𝘴 𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘶𝘴 The orange Troupial (sometimes called the Venezuelan Troupial) is on of the most striking birds in Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao and is therefore featured on many a brochure, leaflet and advertisement to encourage … More Birds in the garden (BIG) 8: the Troupial
These common birds on Curacao can be seen and heard over the entire island and can easily be spotted on every beach and even on the Christoffel mountain. These mockingbirds will sometimes copy the songs of other birds, displaying one of the most complex songs in the local bird world. ENGLISH: Tropical MockingbirdDUTCH: Caribische SpotlijsterPAPIAMENTO: … More Birds in the garden (BIG) 7: Tropical mockingbird
Most people will only ever hear the ‘barking’ sound these birds make when they are in the vicinity of humans, and many will never hear the almost angelic lovely tune of these birds singing in the early morning. Yellow orioles are on the most colorful birds on the island and are an endemic subspecies for … More Birds in the garden (BIG) 6: Yellow Oriole
Pigeons and doves often do not get the attention they deserve by birdwatchers as they are considered to be common and not very interesting. A serious misconception as this beauty illustrates perfectly. ENGLISH: White-tipped DoveDUTCH: Verraux’ DuifPAPIAMENTO: Ala DuruSCIENTIFIC: (𝘓𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘢 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘹𝘪) A pigeon which can most often be seen walking through the garden or the … More Birds in the garden (5): White-tipped dove
When visiting Curaçao or as a citizen of this island, ever hear a strange melodious birdsong protruding the night, and wonder what it might be. Well, if it is not the screech or call of a Barn owl, or the tittering sounds of a nightjar, you are listening to the song of this charming fellow; … More Birds in the garden (BIG) 3: Chonchorogai
Curacao is in a lockdown, because of the Covid-19 crisis, and we are all not allowed to go out. But some of us have gardens with trees and other vegetations and for all of you we share the exiting news that the spring migration has started and is becoming visible for all of you on … More Migratory season alert!
Top 10 Birds in the garden on Curaçao (2) – Brown-throated parakeet The ‘lovely’ song of this green beauty wakes us up in the morning. What they haven’t got in melodiousness they have got in beauty! ENGLISH: Brown-throated parakeet DUTCH: Maisparkiet, PAPIAMENTO: Prikichi, SCIENTIFIC: (𝘌𝘶𝘱𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘶𝘭𝘢 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘹 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘹) The Prikichi di Kòrsou is a bird, which … More Birds in the garden (BIG) 2: Prikichi