Red-necked or Jaco/Jacquot parrot (Amazona arausiaca)
is smaller than the Imperial and can be found at lower elevations
than the Imperial. The area of Syndicate in the Dominica's
Northern Forest Reserve is perhaps the best known spot to
see these two spectacular birds.
The adult Sisserou is 18 -
20 inches long and weighs 2 pounds. Their wingspan is around
30 inches. The upper parts and back are mostly green with greenish
blue head. There is a red streak on the wing-tips. Parrots pair
themselves off for life. They have been known to live to be
70 years old.
about our birds
Other species of note are the
Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus), frequently seen
soaring in wooded areas.
Extremely common are various
species of hummingbird, of which the Purple-throated Carib
(Eulampis jugularis) can often be seen darting among flowers.
Frequently seen soaring high
above the sea near shore is the Magnificent Frigatebird
Two species of bird are heard
more often than seen. Locally known as the Siffleur Montagne
(Mountain Whistler), the Rufous-throated Solitaire (Myadestes
genibarbis) is a bird of the higher-elevation forest. You'll
usually hear one on the way to the Boiling Lake. The Barn
Owl, as the most widely distributed bird in the world, can
of course be heard if not seen, in Dominica.
Links to Birds in Dominica
Birds of Dominica
Flowers and Orchids
Dominica's national flower
is the Bwa Carib (Sabinea carinalis). There are many
species of Orchids on the island, and fern species number in
The following specialise in
Wilderness Retreat: 27
species of birds, including hawks, herons and hummingbirds,
and 19 different kinds of butterflies, can be spotted on
its 14 acres of rainforest gardens. Garden tours will introduce
you to our extensive collection of orchids, begonias, gingers,
heliconias and fruit trees. Many of the birds and flowers
can be admired as you sip a cooling drink on the terrace
of our Rainforest Restaurant.
Other Animals in Dominica
||Apart from marine mammals, there
are two large mammals of note in Dominica: the agouti
and the manicou (pictured) which is a kind of opossum.
In the reptile department, we have
iguana, a large and noisy frog known locally as crapaud
or Mountain Chicken (because of its taste), and several
species of snake (none poisonous) the largest of which
is the boa constrictor.
Our crapaud are currently endangered. You can read more about them on our crapaud page.
Sea turtles are also commonly found in Dominica. In fact, our island is an ideal destination to see nesting turtles come ashore! Visit our sea turtle watching page for more information.
In the air bats abound, and there are over 55 species of butterfly.
local snake... the Kouwes.
The Boa Constrictor or 'Tete-chien'
The land crabs are also a very popular species here
in Dominica. When in season, they are the main ingredient
for 'Crab Backs' a traditional creole dish.
Out of season they are protected, especially during their
annual pilgrimage to and from the sea which is necessary
for their offspring to be born.
Caribbean (Houndmills, Basingstoke,
Hampshire RG21 2XS, England) produce a number of guides, including
The Flowers of the Caribbean and The Fishes
of the Caribbean
Birds of the West Indies
by James Bond (Collins 1993 ISBN 0-00-219191-1)
Caribbean Wild Plants
and their Uses by P Honychurch, Macmillan
See our Books
page for more titles