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Home to over 60 species of bird, Statia may be small but it is full of diversity. From seabirds to hummingbirds, you can easily explore the island and enjoy a variety of species in different areas. Some of the images below show birds being handled. These were taken during a training under the guidance of an expert.


Land birds


   
A male Antillean Crested Hummingbird (Orthoryncus cristatus), easily distinguishable from the female due to the crest on its head. This is the island's most common hummingbird and can be seen in most areas, including town

               
                          This is the female sitting on her nest.....                .... here are her eggs, slightly larger than Tic Tacs    ..... and the young hummingbirds


       
The purple-throated Carib (Eulampis jugularis) is usually only found in the moister, higher elevations of the Quill



The Green-throated Carib (Eulampis holosericeus) can usually be spotted in forested areas


                       
                                                     Female Lesser Antillean Bullfinch (Loxigilla noctis)                                     .... and male of the same species


   
Black-faced Grassquit (Tiaris bicolor)


   
Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)



Yellow Warblers (Dendroica petechia) are usually heard before they are seen. These birds prefer thorny undergrowth such as Acacia bushes

   
Yellow Warbler eggs and freshly hatched chicks, whose skin is also yellow


   
The Grey Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis) is a common insect-eater that inhabits almost every habitat across the island


   
The Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is often known as the Cow Bird due to its habit of hanging out with cattle to pick up an easy insect or lizard


       
A Great Egret (Ardea alba) searches for lizards in my back yard


   
Black-whiskered vireo (Vireo altiloquus)


   
Another common resident, the Pearly-eyed Thrasher (Margarops fuscatus) has a varied diet, ranging from fruits to small reptiles


      
 


Shy and preferring the undergrowth, the Caribbean Elaenia (Elaenia martinica) is difficult to photograph. Its call can easily be confused with that of the Grey Kingbird


Doves


White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)


   
Common Ground Doves (Columbina passerina) often hang out in the middle of the road, flying away just in time before traffic hits them


   
The Bridled Quail Dove (Geotrygon mystacea) is an endangered species that inhabits the shaded slopes and moist crater of the Quill



Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita), one of the most common doves on Statia



Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)



Birds of Prey


The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) is Statia's national bird and locally known as the Killy Killy

   
Adults nest in crevices such as this, in an abandoned sugar mill

   
Within just a few weeks, the chicks mature to resemble their parents and are almost ready to fledge


   
Two very bad photos of an Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), a fish-eating bird of prey that can sometimes be seen or heard in the northern hills


Shore Birds

   
Caribbean Martin (Progne dominicensis) - male (left) and female (right) - guarding their nest on Zeelandia beach



The Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) can also be found on Zeelandia beach, and occasionally along the Bay Road



Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius syn. Actitis macularia) in winter plumage



The Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) is a type of plover that usually hangs out above the cliffs of Zeelandia beach



This Green Heron (Butorides virescens) has been spotted occasionally in strange locations (close to ponds)


Seabirds


Statia is home to the second-largest breeding colony of Red-billed Tropicbirds (Phaethon aethereus) in the Caribbean

   
These birds spend many hours far out at sea hunting fish and squid. Statia has a number of suitable nesting areas, including Zeelandia beach and Signal Hill


   
Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) are a common sight on the Atlantic side of the island


   
Female Magnificent Frigatebirds (Fregata magnificens) are often seen cruising the skies of Statia


   
Royal Terns (Sterna maxima)



Laughing Gulls (Leucophaeus atricilla)