Bird Observations in Tobago December 1985 to November 1987

David Rooks


The most spectacular visitor to Tobago during this period was the Jabiru Stork (Jabiru mycteria). One individual was seen in Tobago, mainly in Buccoo swamp, between August 1988 and April 1989, not only by myself but by many visitors. A White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora) hummingbird was found nesting at Gilpin Trace in the Main Ridge Forest Reserve in May 1989, the first recorded nest for the subspecies flabellifera. Some interesting records from Buccoo Swamp include a young Scarlet Ibis (Edocimus ruber) on 20 Aug. 1989 and Glossy Ibis (Plegadis jalcinellus) on 26 Nov. 1989 and later; the numbers of Black-bellied Whistling-ducks (Dendrocygna autumnalis) and White-cheeked Pintails (Anas bahamensis) have recently increased. Elsewhere in Tobago I had records of a Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) on 11 April 1989 and a Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus) at Moriah in 1988. Both species have been rarely recorded in Tobago. Several nests of the Gray Kningbird (Tyrannus dominicencis) were found during May and June 1989. The nests were placed in the lower branches of saman trees in western Tobago. Finally, an interesting case of predation was observed when a manicou crab (Pseudothelphusa garmani) was found eating the chicks of a Blue-crowned Motrnot (Momotus momota) inside its nest at Gilpin Trace in early 1989.

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