Retirement Age? – 10,000 Birds

Retirement Age?  – 10,000 Birds

The dual-island postcolonial paradise of Trinidad & Tobago celebrates its sixtieth anniversary of independence at present, and as a lot as I’m vehemently anti-nationalist I figured I would draw some consideration to this truth. Partly as a result of paucity of birding missions inside the previous fortnight, however extra so as a result of T&T is without doubt one of the few international locations inside which there are a number of birds bearing the nationwide colors. Listed below are a few of them:

For these of you unfamiliar with the nationwide colours of T&T, here’s a Pink-billed Tropicbird with all three.

It might be a bit harder to identify on a Pink-footed Boobyin actual fact this solely works with the (unusual for right here) white morph.

To be trustworthy, together with the Scarlet Ibis right here was a little bit of a stretch – there’s solely a fleeting second of their lives throughout transitioning from juvenile to grownup plumage when they’re white, pink, and black.

The bottom of the neck of an grownup Jabiru appears to fluctuate from pink to pink. I used to be on the fence about together with it right here, however it’s a tough hen to say no to.

Let this Roseate Tern signify all terns that (even for a quick interval) share this coloration.

Against this, the Lineated Woodpecker shouldn’t be solely resident, however wears the identical outfit all yr.

So too does the Crimson-crested Woodpecker.

eye-to-eye could be mandatory to grasp why this Nice Antshrike is included on this listing.

Not typically encountered eye-level, the Black-tailed Tityra is a hen whose look is barely eclipsed by its voice. When you’re into frogs, that’s.

Outmatching everybody right here with out a lot effort is the Masked Cardinal – this beautiful hen is definitely a member of the tanager household (not like the tanagers belonging to the cardinal household) and is one other resident species.

Notice that for this whole article, I’ve steered properly away from criticizing the state of affairs in T&T – for anybody who is aware of me please be happy to ship me your customized congratulatory message for attaining this monumental feat. In lieu of my blither, be happy to take a second to peruse this album by some pals of mine to get the gist of my sentiment if the title of this submit wasn’t sufficiently subtle of a touch. Lyrics included.