Saturday, 27 April 2013

Bird #36: Black Faced Grassquit

Common Name: Black Faced Grassquit
Scientific Name: Tiaris bicolor
Description: 4.5 inches; Males: heads, breast and underparts black; upperparts olive green; Females and Juveniles: upperparts olive gray; underparts grayish.
Habitat: A common resident; a small seed eater which can be found island wide in grass fields, sugar cane fields etc.



Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Bird #35: Black Whiskered Vireo

Common Name: Black Whiskered Vireo
Scientific Name: Vireo altiloquus
Description: 5-6.5 inches; a small passerine bird; upperparts olive green; eyebrow strip whitish; eye-line brownish black; black line on the side of the neck (whisker) underparts whitish with a yellowish green flanks; Juveniles brown eyes; Adults Reddish brown eyes.
Habitat: Island wide; can be found, our heard, in wooded areas, gullies, orchards, forest etc;

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Bird #34: Solitary Sandpiper

Common Name: Solitary Sandpiper
Scientific Name: Tringa solitaria    
Description: 7.5-9 inches; white eye-ring; upperparts dark olive green- brown with white spots; black bar on the tail feathers; underparts white;
Habitat: mud flaps, pot holes, ponds, swamps etc.
The Solitary Sandpiper is a bird with a different. Unlike other sandpipers that migrates in flocks this sandpiper migrates alone thus its name. It also nests in trees while most sandpipers nest on the ground.  

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Bird # 33: Wilson's Snipe

Common Name: Wilson’s snipe
Scientific Name: Gallinago delicata  
Description: 10.5-11.5 inches; medium size shorebird, long straight bill; head brown and buff stripe pattern; dark eye strip; upperparts mottled brown and black, reddish-brown tail; underparts whitish; legs yellowish-green legs.
Habitat: grass water edges of ponds and swamps; mud flaps etc; uses camouflage very well.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Bird #32: Stilt Sandpiper

Common Name: Stilt Sandpiper
Scientific Name: Calidris himantopus   
Description: 8-8.5 inches; medium size sandpiper; long bill with tick base, slightly drooping down at the tip; greenish legs; whitish eyebrow strip; Non-Breeding: upperpart greyish; underpart whitish; Breeding: Reddish cheek patch; underparts  heavily barred; Juvenile: similar to non-breeding plumage but darker
Habitat: mud flaps, shallow ponds