Birds of the Dominican Republic

Dates: May 9-17, 2011

Gray kingbird

On my trip to the Riu Bachata in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic I spent some of my time looking for some of the island's wildlife.  A variety of lizards were plentiful in some areas of the resort around dusk, but may of the birds took some extra searching.

Hispaniolan woodpecker

Most of the birds I was able to find were around the resort, and this included a couple of endemics: the Hispaniolan woodpecker and the palmchat.  The Antillean grackles and red-legged thrushes, a close relative of the American robin, were commonly seen in grassy areas.  Gray flycatchers were always flying in open areas along the rock cliffs and seemed unfazed by people.

Hispaniolan parrot

I wanted to see at least one of three species on Hispaniola: the Hispaniolan trogon, broad-billed tody, or narrow-billed tody.  The only one I was able to find was the broad-billed tody (picture here), another endemic in a family that exists exclusively in the Greater Antilles.  I also found West Indian whistling ducks in a swamp near the resort by first noticing their unique calls from a distance.

Bananaquit building a nest along the beach

Here is a mostly complete list of the species I saw, most around the resort.

  • American kestrel
  • Antillean mango
  • Antillean palm swift
  • Bananaquit
  • Black-crowned night heron
  • Broad-billed tody
  • Cattle egret
  • Common ground dove
  • Common moorhen
  • Green heron
  • Gray kingbird
  • Greater Antillean grackle
  • Hispaniolan parrot
  • Hispaniolan woodpecker
  • House sparrow
  • Killdeer
  • Northern mockingbird
  • Palmchat
  • Red-legged thrush
  • Snowy egret
  • Turkey vulture
  • West Indian whistling duck
  • White-winged dove
  • Yellow warbler

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