The Rare Birds of Montserrat
The endemic Montserrat Oriole is perhaps the most well-known bird in the country, but did you know that there are 122 species logged for the island? In addition to its native species and regular visitors, Montserrat is visited by 63 rare and accidental birds that birders and adventurers hope to catch a glimpse of. Here are six rare species to look (and listen) for in Montserrat.
Photo by Luke Seitz via All About Birds
Common name: Snowy Plover
Scientific name: Charadrius nivosus
Interesting fact: These shorebirds build their nests in small depressions in the sand, often in human footprints. Their nests consist of a variety of materials including pebbles, shell fragments, bones and vegetation.
Photo by Jeff Timmons via All About Birds
Common name: Black Crowned Night Heron
Scientific name: Nycticorax nycticorax
Interesting fact: These birds take their name from their nocturnal hunting habits. While they typically fish alone, they are social birds who roost and nest in groups.
Photo by Ryan Schain via All About Birds
Common name: Glossy Ibis
Scientific name: Plegadis falcinellus
Interesting fact: These shiny birds fly in flocks with wavy lines, frequenting marshland, lakes and swamps.
Photo by Griffin Richards via All About Birds
Common name: Scarlet Tanager
Scientific name: Piranga olivacea
Interesting fact: Tanagers frequent deciduous forest, preferring tall trees that can reach up to 75ft. They forage for insects including caterpillars, beetles, and spiders, and will also enjoy wild berries.
Photo by Alix d’Entremont via All About Birds
Common name: Prothonotary Warbler
Scientific name: Protonotaria citrea
Interesting fact: During nesting, males arrive at the grounds a week before females to claim territories and challenge other males. While courting, males make vibrant displays by fluffing their plumage and singing loudly.
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Common name: Antillean Euphonia
Scientific name: Euphonia musica
Interesting fact: Typically flying over the dense forest canopy, these beautiful birds are often recognised by their call, which sounds like a little bell.
So grab your binoculars and bird guides and hit the trails, you never know what incredible species you’ll discover if you just look up.