Feb 262016
 

Bonaire is a nature lover’s paradise.  Many visitors are lured here by the spectacular underwater life and crystal clear aqua waters.  And while the sea life is incredible, sometimes we need to decompress and look upwards.

There are over 210 species of sea birds, shore birds and land birds on Bonaire, and the island is an excellent habitat for bird watching and bird photography.  The vibrant Caribbean Flamingo is the most well-known of Bonaire’s birds, but there are many other beautiful species to behold.

The Yellow-shouldered Parrot (Amazona barbadensis) is the sole species of parrot native to the ABC islands (it is now extinct on Aruba).  It is an endangered species that is highly protected on Bonaire.

Yellow-shouldered Parrot

Yellow-shouldered Parrot

Other interesting land birds found on Bonaire are the Brown-throated Parakeet (Aratinga pertinax) and the Bare-eyed Pigeon (Columba corensis).

Brown-throated Parakeet

Brown-throated Parakeet

Bare-eyed Pigeon

Bare-eyed Pigeon

Among Bonaire’s shore birds, both herons and egrets are commonly seen wading in the mangrove areas or marshlands.

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

Snowy Egret in Flight

Snowy Egret in Flight

Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)

Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)

The majestic Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentals) is a sea bird that is often seen making dramatic dives into the ocean to feed.

Pelican

Brown Pelican

Pelican

Brown Pelican

Other sea birds found on Bonaire are the Frigatebird (Fregata magnificent), which is the most common sea bird on the island, and the Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus).

Royal Terns

Royal Terns

For more on Bonaire’s bird life –

Birds of Bonaire

Avibase

Info Bonaire

What is your favorite bird species on Bonaire?

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