Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Common Name: Magnificent Frigatebird/ Man-o-war
Scientific Name: Fregata magnificens
Description: 37-41 inches; wingspan 85 inches; forked tail; Male: glossy black; red throat pouch which it inflates during courtship. Female: blackish-brown; white belly patch. Juvenile: brownish-black; head and breast white.
Habitat: Coastal areas
Can be seen gliding over the South and West coast, feeding it the water around the fish markets.
Magnificent Frigatebirds has the longest wingspan in proportion to body weight of any bird.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Common Name: Caribbean Martin
Scientific Name: Progne dominicensis
Description: 8 inches; large swallow, forked tailed; upperparts glossy navy blue – black; Males: throat navy blue – black; underparts white; Females and Juveniles: throat faded greyish brown; underparts white
Habitat: Endemic to the West Indies; towns, open areas, freshwater ponds, cliffs;
A resident and migratory breeder on the island;records of nesting in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, Harrison Point St Lucy on the north of the island and other cliff close to the sea.
Saturday, 18 May 2013
Common Name: Caribbean Elaenia
Scientific Name: Elaenia martinica sp. barbadensis
Description: 6-7 inches; upperparts olive-green; two (2) whitish wing bars; a crest; white crown patch can be seen when crest is raised; underparts whitish grey to a dull yellowish at the belly and tail; longish tail.
Habitat: Can be found island wide in wooded areas; scrubs and gullies.
Caribbean Elaenias are endemic to the West Indies; the subspecies barbadensis are endemic to Barbados.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Common Name: Laughing Gull
Scientific Name: Leucophaeus atricilla
Description: 15-17 inches; upperparts grey; underparts white; black wing tip; black bill; White arcs around the eyes; web feet. Breeding: black head; reddish bill. Immature: upperparts mottled brown; black bill. First year: grey sides and back; tail band. Second Year: head partial hood.
Habitat: Laughing Gulls can be seen along the coastline of the island especially around fish markets at Skeets Bay, Oistins, Bridgetown, Brandon’s and Six Mens.
Pictures taken at Skeet's Bay and Brandon's Fish Markets