Birds of dominica

Dominica's natural charms make her a perfect place for bird watching. Her rugged but lush high mountain terrain gives way to tropical forest, gently sloping downward to bush and drier savannes, before dropping to the shoreline.

This great variety of habitats provides a wide diversity of birds within a relatively short distance. After all, to go from the top of Dominica's tallest mountain (4,747 ft. Morne Diablotin) down to the sea is just a few miles as the crow flies!

Crested Hummingbird

 

Flag of Dominica
Sisserou Parrot
on National Flag

 

 

National Symbols

The most famous birds of Dominica are the parrots - the Sisserou (Imperial) and the Jaco (Red Necked). The Sisserou Parrot is the National Bird and proudly adorns Dominica's flag.

Red-Necked Parrot
Jaco - the Red-necked Parrot

 

Related Links

Dominica's Flora & Fauna

Birds of Dominica

Sea Birds of Dominica

Morne Trois Pitons: Dominica's World Heritage Site

Natural Living in Dominica

Dominica's Centenarians

Tropical Fruit

The Aloe Vera Plant

Dominica Maps

Purple Thraoated Carib Hummingbird

 

Our parrots live mainly in the northern part of the island and are protected. A breeding program has been in place for several years and has helped the population to recover; parrots are now spreading further south.

The Parrot Research Centre located in the Botanical Gardens in Roseau strives to preserve these birds and to educate people about them.


Bird Watching & Birding Tours

For those who want to learn more about Dominica's birds through guided field trips, Bird-Watching Tours are offered by many hotels and tour guides: Papillote Wilderness Retreat, Dominica Tours, Castle Comfort Dive Lodge, Grace Apartments, Zandoli Inn and D'Auchamps Cottages to name a few. For more details visit our Where to Stay page and our Tour Operators page.

 



Bird Species in Dominica

Dominica has 167 recorded species of birds, although our resident expert Bertrand Jno Baptiste has sighted 171!

Below are a few of the birds who call Dominica home. This section will continue to grow as we are able to photograph our quick-winged friends!

 

 



Smooth-Billed Ani (crotophaga ani)
Description: A long-tailed, glossy black cuckoo.  Distinguished from other black birds by its extraordinary bill, deep at base, the ridge of the culmen high and thin.  Flight slow, with alternate flaps and glides.

Ani

Ani

Purple Throated Carib Hummingbird (eulampis jugularis)

Description: A sturdy, very dark hummingbird. Plumage largely black; gorge purplish red; tail and upper tail-coverts bluish green; wings metallic green.  Sexes similar.  At times appears entirely black in the field, but the green wings are usually conspicuous (other hummingbirds have blackish wings). Hummingbird

Antillean Crested Hummingbird (orthorhyncus cristatus)

Description: Male: green above, the tail and underparts blackish, conspicuous crest.
Widespread from mountain forest to sea level but most abundant in lowlands.
Crested Hummingbird
 
Bananaquit (coereba flaveola)
Description:  Exhibits much geographical variation.  Upperparts sooty grey to sooty black; rump yellow or greenish yellow; a conspicuous white superciliary stripe (yellow in immature); on most islands, a conspicuous white spot on the wing; throat greyish white to sooty black; breast yellow; bill decidedly curved.  Most individuals on St. Vincent and Grenada are black (melanic phase) with a slightly greenish yellow wash on the breast and upper tail-coverts not apparent in the field. Bananaquit
Lesser Antillean Flycatcher (Myiarchus oberi)

Very common in Dominica both in the rainforest and the villages.

Flycatcher
 
Brown Pelican (pelecanus occidentalis)
Description: Readily identified by its large size and characteristic features.  Unlike other sea birds the neck is not extended in flight, the head being drawn back on to the shoulders.  Coloration largely dark brown, the upperparts mostly silver grey; upper part of head and stripe down neck white, the neck entirely white during post-nuptial moult.  Young have the head, neck and upperparts brownish, the underparts mostly white.  Either solitary or associated in small flocks, when usually seen flying in oblique single file close to the surface of the sea.  In normal flight a few wing beats are followed by a glide, but both Brown and White Pelicans occasionally soar high in the air.

Pelican in Flight

Pelicans at Pointe Michel
 
Yellow Warbler (dendroica petechia)

Description: Male: Often appears entirely yellow in the field.  Upperparts greenish yellow, the crown similar or marked with rufous; underparts golden yellow, more or less streaked with chestnut (Barbados) or orange-rufous crowns, those from Martinique rufous heads; those from Jamaica vary in extent of rufous.  Female: Greener above than male, and underparts with chestnut streaks absent or obsolete.  Young are more or less whitish below.

Yellow Warbler
   
Plumbeous Warbler (dendroica plumbea)
Description: Upper-parts plain slate-grey; white strip above eye and two white wing bars. Song is a short but melodious pa-pi-a. Inhabits rainforest and scrubby woodland. Plumbeous Warbler
 

Hummingbird in Flight
 BOOKS



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  WEBSITES

Visit our Nature page to learn more about the flora, fauna, and animals of Dominica, including a list of links to sites about Birds of Dominica.




Latin names & bird descriptions from James Bond's Birds of the West Indies, Fifth Edition,1993 Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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