Birding Factoids

236 species

40 of the 92 families which 
regularly occur in South America are represented here. 
No endemic species
1 threatened species 
2 week trip expectation -
about 100 species

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Curacao Specialities
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Magnificent Frigatebird - Courtesy of the SW Louisiana Birding Page
Courtesy of SW Louisiana Birding Page

Lesser Elaenia - Photo copyright Richard Garrigues

Photo copyright Richard Garrigues
    ....Christoffel Park in Curaçao - At the western end of the island is
      Christoffel National Park, centered by 1237 ft. Mt. Christoffel, the island's highest point. A protected wildlife preserve and garden covering 4,500 acres of land, Christoffel National Park has been open to the public since 1978. The park consists of three former plantations and offers 20 miles of one-way driving trails abundant with flora and fauna,  including prickly pear cactus, divi divi trees and exotic flowers. See also this site.
    ....Curacao (Netherlands Antilles), '90-s - this is an excellent trip report 
      by John van der Woude. "Compared to nearby Venezuela, Curacao is not rich in bird species. But for whatever reason you are there, you will have some nice birding as well. This short report gives some sites for that, but is far from complete."
    ....Curaçao Flora and Fauna
    ....Avifauna of Curacao - references
    ....Trip Report: Lesser Antilles and Orinoco Jungle River Cruise
      January 5-13, 1996 - by Bill Murphy.  In 1995 the American Birding Association contacted me to offer me an opportunity to serve as their representative on a Clipper Cruise Line voyage through the southern Caribbean in January 1996. The tour itinerary included the Netherlands Antilles islands of Curacao and Bonaire, coastal Venezuela, Tobago, the Orinoco River, and Trinidad -- 1200 sea miles in all. 

    "What woodland remains is mostly protected on the slopes of the hills within Savonet National Park, in the northwest of the island. Good birds include Scaly-naped Pigeon and Rudy-topaz Hummingbird. Magnificent Frigatebirds occur at Saint Anna Bay near Willemstadt. Coastal mudflats and salt pans, mostly along the south coast and support breeding herons and attract wintering shorebirds." - from Where to Watch Birds in South America - by Nigel Wheatley.

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Caribbean Specialities in

the Netherlands Antilles

Information derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5.
Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International, and supporting
data bases developed by Ian Patton, of Merlin Species Watcher. An international checklist system
was required to enable world-wide country to country comparisons.These speciality birds may be uncommon,
or extremely rare at this location, or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of
each species noted below have been made in the Netherlands Antilles.

Caribbean Endemic Specialities in the Netherlands Antilles - No  National Endemics

___ Antillean Nighthawk  ___ Scaly-naped Pigeon

Endangered Birds in Netherlands Antilles

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Yellow-shouldered Parrot

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