Bird List

Ornate Hawk-eagle - From the Verandah of the Asa Wright Nature Centre (© H.P. Nelson 2005)

Over a number of years, the list of birds that may be seen on the Centre’s grounds has grown to 166 species.

Most of our visitors participate in the tours organized by Caligo Ventures as well as through specialty Bird Tour companies from the U.S and the U.K. If you add to that figure the number of additional species that may be seen as a result of trips that can be taken away from the Centre, the total number of birds seen, for example on a typical Caligo Ventures tour, could be over 200 species!

The nesting of the Crested Oropendola colony near the main house has always been a spectacular sight for visitors, but Ornate Hawk-eagles and Channel-billed Toucans perching near the verandah have often drawn the greatest enthusiasm in recent years.

Numerous leks of both White-bearded Manakin and Golden-headed Manakin are found along the trails of the Centre and the bell-like “bong” of the Bearded Bellbird can be heard continuously.

NOTE: This is the current checklist for species observed on the Asa Wright Nature Centre property since the inauguration of the Trinidad and Tobago Rare Bird Committee (TTRBC) in 1995.

Please visit the TTRBC Species Review List on this page for a list of species which are considered rare and for which the TTRBC would welcome a report:

Please use the form on this page to report observations of any birds on the TTRBC Species Review List:

Nomenclature and order follows AOU/SACC 2013.

(O) Occasional is used for a species that you are considered fortunate to find/see/hear during a one week stay at the appropriate season and (R) Rare is designed for truly rare occurrences, say no more than five ever or a for a species that requires assessment/verification by the T&T Rare Birds Committee as noted above.

Asa Wright Nature Centre Bird List
TINAMOUS - Tinamidae
Little Tinamou; Crypturellus soui
Magnificent Frigatebird (O); Fregata magnificens
Black Vulture; Cathartes aura
Turkey Vulture; Coragyps atratus
King Vulture (R); Sarcoramphus papa
HAWKS - Accipitridae
Gray-headed Kite; Leptodon cayanensis
Swallow-tailed Kite (O); Elanoides forficatus
Double-toothed Kite; Harpagus bidentatus
Plumbeous Kite (O); Ictinia plumbea
Common Black-Hawk; Buteogallus anthracinus
Great Black-Hawk (R); Buteogallus urubitinga
White Hawk; Pseudastur albicollis
Gray-lined Hawk; Buteo nitidus
Broad-winged Hawk (O); Buteo platypterus
Short-tailed Hawk; Buteo brachyurus
Zone-tailed Hawk; Buteo albonotatus
Black Hawk-eagle (O); Spizaetus tyrannusMore
Ornate Hawk-eagle (O); Spizaetus ornatusMore
RAILS - Rallidae
Gray-necked Wood-Rail (R); Aramides cajaneus
PIGEONS - Columbidae
Ruddy Ground Dove; Columbina talpacoti
Scaled Pigeon; Patagioenas speciosa
White-tipped Dove (R); Leptotila verreauxi
Gray-fronted Dove; Leptotila rufaxilla
Ruddy Quail-Dove (R); Geotrygon montana
CUCKOOS - Cuculidae
Squirrel Cuckoo; Piaya cayanaMore
Smooth-billed Ani; Crotophaga ani
Striped Cuckoo (R); Tapera naevia
OWLS - Strigidae
Tropical Screech-Owl (O); Megascops cholibaMore
Spectacled Owl (O); Pulsatrix perspicillata
Mottled Owl (R); Ciccaba virgata
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl; Glaucidium brasilianum
OILBIRD - Steatornithidae
Oilbird; Steatornis caripensis
POTOOS - Nyctibiidae
Common Potoo (O); Nyctibius griseus
NIGHTJARS - Caprimulgidae
Short-tailed Nighthawk; Lurocalis semitorquatus
Common Pauraque (O); Nyctidromus albicollis
SWIFTS - Apodidae
Chestnut-collared Swift (O); Streptoprocne rutila
White-collared Swift (O); Streptoprocne zonaris
Band-rumped Swift; Chaetura spinicaudus
Gray-rumped Swift; Chaetura cinereiventris
Short-tailed Swift; Chaetura brachyura
Fork-tailed Palm Swift; Tachornis squamata
Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift (O); Panyptila cayennensis
HUMMINGBIRDS - Trochilidae
White-necked Jacobin; Florisuga mellivoraMore
Rufous-breasted Hermit; Glaucis hirsutusMore
Little Hermit; Phaethornis longuemareus
Green Hermit; Phaethornis guy
Brown Violet-ear (O); Colibri delphinae
Ruby-topaz Hummingbird (O); Chrysolampis mosquitus
Black-throated Mango; Anthracothorax nigricollis
Tufted Coquette; Lophornis ornatusMore
Long-billed Starthroat (O); Heliomaster longirostris
Rufous-shafted Woodstar (R); Chaetocercus jourdanii
Blue-chinned Sapphire; Chlorestes notataMore
White-chested Emerald; Amazilia brevirostris
Copper-rumped Hummingbird; Amazilia tobaciMore
TROGONS - Trogonidae
Green-backed Trogon; Trogon viridisMore
Guianan Trogon; Trogon violaceusMore
Collared Trogon; Trogon collaris
KINGFISHERS - Alcedinidae,/b>
Green Kingfisher (O); Chloroceryle americana
American Pygmy Kingfisher (O); Chloroceryle aenea
MOTMOTS - Momotidae
Trinidad Motmot; Momotus bahamensisMore
JACAMARS - Galbulidae
Rufous-tailed Jacamar (R); Galbula ruficauda
TOUCANS - Ramphastidae
Channel-billed Toucan; Ramphastos vitellinusMore
Red-rumped Woodpecker; Veniliornis kirkii
Golden-olive Woodpecker ; Colaptes rubiginosusMore
Chestnut Woodpecker (O); Celeus elegans
Lineated Woodpecker; Dryocopus lineatus
FALCONS - Falconidae
Merlin (O); Falco columbarius
Bat Falcon (O); Falco rufigularisMore
Peregrine Falcon (O); Falco peregrinus
PARROTS - Psittacidae
Lilac-tailed Parrotlet; Touit batavicus
Blue-headed Parrot; Pionus menstruus
Orange-winged Parrot; Amazona amazonicaMore
ANTBIRDS - Thamnophilidae
Great Antshrike; Taraba major
Barred Antshrike; Thamnophilus doliatusMore
Plain Antvireo; Dysithamnus mentalis
White-flanked Antwren; Myrmotherula axillaris
White-bellied Antbird; Myrmeciza longipes
ANTPITTAS - Grallariidae
Scaled Antpitta (R); Grallaria guatimalensis
ANTTHRUSHES - Formicariidae
Black-faced Antthrush; Formicarius analis
OVENBIRDS - Furnariidae
Gray-throated Leaftosser; Sclerurus albigularis
Plain-brown Woodcreeper; Dendrocincla fuliginosa
Cocoa Woodcreeper; Xiphorhynchus susurrans
Streaked Xenops; Xenops rutilans
Pale-breasted Spinetail (O); Synallaxis albescens
Stripe-breasted Spinetail; Synallaxis cinnamomea
Forest Elaenia; Myiopagis gaimardii
Yellow-bellied Elaenia; Elaenia flavogaster
Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet; Camptostoma obsoletumt
Ochre-bellied Flycatcher; Mionectes oleagineus
Slaty-capped Flycatcher (O); Leptopogon superciliaris
Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant (O); Myiornis ecaudatus
Yellow-olive Flycatcher (O); Tolmomyias sulphurescens
Yellow-breasted Flycatcher; Tolmonyias flaviventris
White-throated Spadebill (O); Platyrinchus mystaceus
Euler's Flycatcher; Lathrotriccus euleri
Olive-sided Flycatcher (O); Contopus cooperi
Tropical Pewee; Contopus cinereus
Piratic Flycatcher; Legatus leucophaius
Great Kiskadee; Pitangus sulphuratus
Streaked Flycatcher; Myiodynastes maculatus
Boat-billed Flycatcher; Megarynchus pitanguaMore
Variegated Flyctacher; Empidonomus varius
Tropical Kingbird; Tyrannus melancholicus
Fork-tailed Flycatcher; Tyrannus savana
Dusky-capped Flycatcher; Myiarchus tuberculifer
Brown-crested Flycatcher; Myiarchus tyrannulus
Bright-rumped Attila (O); Attila spadiceus
COTINGAS - Cotingidae
Bearded Bellbird; Procnias averanoMore
MANAKINS - Pipridae
White-bearded Manakin; Manacus manacus
Golden-headed Manakin; Pipra erythrocephala
TITYRAS - Tityridae
Black-tailed Tityra; Tityra cayana
White-winged Becard (O); Pachyramphus polychopterus
VIREOS - Vireonidae
Rufous-browed Peppershrike; Cyclarhis gujanensis
Red-eyed Vireo (O); Vireo olivaceus
Black-whiskered Vireo (R); Vireo altiloquus
Golden-fronted Greenlet; Hylophilus aurantiifrons
SWALLOWS - Hirundinidae
Southern Rough-winged Swallow; Stelgidopteryx ruficollis
Gray-breasted Martin; Progne chalybea
WRENS - Troglodytidae
House Wren; Troglodytes aedon
Rufous-breasted Wren; Pheugopedius rutilus
GNATCATCHERS - Polioptilidae
Long-billed Gnatwren; Ramphocaenus melanurus
THRUSHES - Turdidae
Yellow-legged Thrush (O); Turdus flavipes
Cocoa Thrush; Turdus fumigatus
Spectacled Thrush; Turdus nudigenis
White-necked Thrush; Turdus albicollisMore
Tropical Mockingbird; Mimus gilvusMore
TANAGERS - Thraupidae
White-shouldered Tanager; Tachyphonus luctuosus
White-lined Tanager; Tachyphonus rufus
Silver-beaked Tanager; Ramphocelus carboMore
Blue-gray Tanager; Thraupis episcopusMore
Palm Tanager; Thraupis palmarumMore
Blue-capped Tanager (R); Thraupis cyanocephala
Speckled Tanager; Tangara guttata
Turquoise Tanager; Tangara mexicana
Bay-headed Tanager; Tangara gyrolaMore
Swallow Tanager (R); Tersina viridis
Blue Dacnis; Dacnis cayana
Purple Honeycreeper; Cyanerpes caeruleusMore
Red-legged Honeycreeper; Cyanerpes cyaneus
Green Honeycreeper; Chlorophanes spizaMore
Blue-black Grassquit (O); Volatinia jacarina
Bananaquit; Coereba flaveolaMore
Sooty Grassquit (R); Tiaris fuliginosus
Grayish Saltator; Saltator coerulescens
Hepatic Tanager (R); Piranga flava
Summer Tanager (R); Piranga rubra
Scarlet Tanager (R); Piranga olivacea
Red-crowned Ant-Tanager; Habia rubica
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (R); Pheucticus ludovicianus
Tropical Parula; Parula pitiayumi
Chestnut-sided Warbler (R); Dendroica pensylvanica
Yellow Warbler (R); Dendroica petechia
Blackpoll Warbler (R); Dendroica striata
Blackburnian Warbler (R); Dendroica fusca
American Redstart (O); Setophaga ruticilla
Northern Waterthrush; Parkesia noveboracensis
Canada Warbler (R); Wilsonia canadensis
Golden-crowned Warbler; Basileuterus culicivorus
BLACKBIRDS - Icteridae
Crested Oropendola; Psarocolius decumanusMore
Yellow Oriole; Icterus nigrogularis
Giant Cowbird (O); Molothrus oryzivorus
Shiny Cowbird; Molothrus bonariensis
Carib Grackle; Quiscalus lugubris
FINCHES - Fringillidae
Trinidad Euphonia; Euphonia trinitatis
Violaceous Euphonia; Euphonia violaceaMore