Trinidad is a Birder's Delight

August 10, 2011
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Hundreds of bird species are attracted to the dense tropical forests of Trinidad. But these avian creatures aren't the only ones flocking to the Caribbean island — birders are also drawn to the area, seeking out the spectacular and rare species that live there.

While birding enthusiasts will find a plethora of hiking trails through the island to spot the winged gems, 1,200 feet into the Northern Range of the island is the Asa Wright Nature Center, a reserve not to be missed by birders who want the best in nature travel.

The 420-acre reserve used to be a plantation, but when the owner died, his wife, Asa Wright, turned the land into a private nature center in 1967, according to The Telegraph. Now, whether sitting on the wooden veranda of the Great House or walking through the reserve's private trails, birders have the chance to see an estimated 159 species of birds, ranging from ornate hawk-eagles to copper-rumped hummingbirds (pictured).

The center also has the only easily-accessible colony known of oilbirds, a rare and endangered species that roosts in caves during the day and searches for food by night. The protected Dunston Cave colony has increased the bird's numbers substantially, according to the center's website.

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