Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Bird #19: Grey Kingbird

Common Name:  Grey Kingbird
Scientific Name: Tyrannus  dominicensis
Description: 8.5-10 inches; Grey upperparts; brownish wings and tail; grey to white underparts

Habitat: Very common bird on the island, a flycatcher, acrobatic flyer, very aggressive bird defend their territory against intruders even one bigger than themselves. I saw one ran an Osprey from WSR on afternoon. So our bird #19 is the Gray Kingbird

Monday, 25 February 2013

Bird #18: Common Gallinule

Common Name: Common Gallinule
Scientific Name: Gallinula galeata
Description: 13.5 inches; black to grey plumage; white strip down the side; white undertail; red flat factual shield; red bill with yellow tip; yellowish green legs. Immature: Grey and brown; lacks red bill.
Habitat: Very common bird found in ponds, swamps etc, can be seen in almost all the parishes; in pastures among livestock, etc

The “Old world” and “New World” species, of what was known as the Common Moorhen, was separated into the Eurasian Moorhen and Common Gallinule. I personally still refer to it as the Common Moorhen. One thing you remember from this bird is its call. It is a haunting Vincent Price type of laugh that can send you running if you’re hearing it for the first time. 

Check out the pictures below  

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Bird #17: Masked Duck

Common Name: Masked Duck
Scientific Name: Nomonyx dominicus
Description: 12-14 inches; dull brown with black markings; two black 
horizontal stripes running one through the eyes and other the cheeks, black 
crown; stiff tail; white wing patch can be seen when in flight;   
 Breeding Males: rusty color plumage with black markings; black face mask; 
blue bill.

Shallow ponds with vegetation.
The Mask Duck have recorded with young here as proof of them breeding here. The pictures below were taken at the Bayfield Pond in the Parish of St Philip where about five or more birds can be seen.
Click Here for map of Bayfield pond

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Bird #16: Shiny Cowbird

Common Name: Shiny Cowbird

Scientific Name: Molothrus bonariensis

Description: 7.5-8”; tail long; wings rounded; Adult Male: plumage black with an iridescent blueish-purple gloss. Female: plumage brownish-grey; faint supercilium or mark over eye. Juvenile: like female; yellowish wash on breast.
Shiny Cowbirds are brood parasites, the Carib Grackles is its main host locally.

Habitat: pastures, low grassy area, agricultural areas..

Statue: Very common, island wide