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WINGS Birding Tours – Photo Gallery

Puerto Rico

The name Puerto Rico conjures images of palm-lined beaches… …but the island also supports a wealth of birdlife like the bold Pearly-eyed Thrasher… …and the diminutive Antillean Crested Hummingbird. Forested national parks are sprinkled around the island… …providing habitat for the island’s 17 endemic birds, including the gaudy Puerto Rican Woodpecker… …Puerto Rican Tody… …Puerto Rican Spindalis… …and Puerto Rican Lizard-Cuckoo More widespread birds such as Smooth-billed Ani… …Gray Kingbird… …and maybe even a stray American Flamingo…

…join introduced species such as Pin-tailed Whydah to round out a diverse avifauna. Cliffs along the island’s scenic NW coast support… …breeding White-tailed Tropicbirds. …while coastal mangroves hold… …the endemic subspecies of Lesser Antillean Pewee (soon to be the island’s 18th endemic)… …and the always popular Mangrove Cuckoo. We’ll stay in a comfortable apartment style hotel on the islands south coast… …with a wonderful ocean view from the individual terraces. Our attention may be diverted by the occasional amphibian… …as we explore the moist highland forests in the islands center… …with huge terrestrial bromeliads… …and endemic butterflies like this Modest Sister.

Scaly-naped Pigeons… …share the sweeping vistas with us… …as we seek the furtive Elfin Woods Warbler, first described in 1972. The southwest corner of the island supports a dry thornscrub, where… …Adelaide’s Warblers… …and Caribbean Martins can be quite common. The point acts as a safe harbor for birds like Wilson’s Plover… …and curious Ghost crabs scuttle… …under skies that seem to stretch on forever.