Barbados is a beautiful island and a popular vacation destination. Barbados is home to many species of birds but has one bird that can only be seen on the island. The Barbados bullfinch can only be found on the island making Barbados a fantastic place for birders to check off another bird on their list.
With many cruise ships going to Barbados it is likely that you may visit this part of the Caribbean. This article will tell you where to look for them and what to look for.
Barbados is an island in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies with some amazing wildlife. As well as the Barbados bullfinch, Barbados is also home to the green monkey and four species of nesting turtles.
Barbados is home to many species of birds and because of its geographical location is an excellent place to see migratory birds. Many species stop off in Barbados en route from North America to South America while others over-winter in Barbados.
Barbados is home to some rarer species of birds including the Scaly-breasted thrasher, although this hasn’t been spotted for some time and may have been extirpated. Unfortunately, habitat loss has pushed the Yellow warbler south to the Graeme Hall Swamp.
The Barbados bullfinch is actually not a bullfinch, but a seedeater of the Thraupidae family, also known as Tanagers. The Barbados bullfinch was originally thought to be a subspecies of the Lesser Antillean bullfinch, hence its name.
They are small birds with dark grey upper parts and brown wings. They are known locally as a sparrow due to their similarities. They have grey underparts with tawny under-tail coverts. Both males and females share similar plumage.
They have a thick, stubby bill that helps them eat seeds. Their nest is globular and usually built in trees or shrubs. They usually lay 2 to 3 eggs.
They live among shrubs and undergrowth and can be found in gardens with these types of plants.