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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SILVER-BEAKED TANAGERS, ASA WRIGHT NATURE CENTRE, ARIMA, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

   This past Sunday we returned from a birding trip to Trinidad & Tobago.   We stayed 6 nights at the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Arima, Trinidad and 3 nights at the Blue Waters Inn in Speyside, Tobago.  We went on the tour with our friends Ed and Dan from Naples, FL and Bill and Eleanor, whom we had met on our Southern Africa birding trip.  We all had a great time and sighted many beautiful birds.
   The view from the verandah of the main house at Asa Wright is spectacular for birding and scenery.  Just below the verandah are hummingbird feeders and other feeders with bananas and other fruits.  The bird watching from the verandah is spectacular, both at the feeders and in the trees and bushes.  We saw numerous species of hummingbirds and many other birds: tanagers, mockingbirds, Banana quits, flycatchers, kiskadees, toucans, cowbirds, parrots, etc.
   The first two photos are of the male Silver-beaked Tanager and the next two of the female Silver-beaked Tanager.  We can ID the male Silver-beaked Tanager by its overall black color tinged with crimson, crimson throat and upper chest, a lower mandible much enlarged at the base and appearing silvery in the field and a darker upper mandible.
   The female Silver-beaked Tanager is dull reddish brown with underparts and head maroon red.
   The Silver-beaked Tanager is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 524.