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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

More! More! Migratory Birds

By Janice Mathurin-Poleon
Photos © Tseng Chiu-wen Hank

In the last century almost a hundred migratory species have been recorded on this island therefore they represent the majority of our avian diversity. They are seen around home gardens, shorelines or water treatment ponds.  Many of these birds are either fully protected or partially protected under the Wildlife Protection Act (1980) and by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

Common name: Snowy Egret
Scientific name: Egretta thula brewsteri
Snowy Egret can be found in North America. It is common in the breeding season and occurs in the wetlands at Vigie, Cul de Sac and Vieux Fort.

 Common name: Blue-winged Teal
Scientific name: Anas discors
 They are normally present from October to April, and are seen in the fresh water swamps of Cul de Sac, Grand Anse and Vieux Fort.
 Common name: Lesser Yellowlegs
Scientific name: Tringa flavipes
Local name: Pied Jaune
Their best sites are the Aupicon Pond, Savannes Bay and the end of the airport in Vieux fort, Beausejour Sewage Pond, and Bois D’orange wetlands in Castries.
 Common name: Semipalmated Plover
Scientific name: Charadrius semipalmatus
Local name: Becasse a collier

They are often seen in flocks on the tidal flats of Vieux Fort, Grand Anse and the Gros Islet area.

 Common name: Red-billed Tropicbird
Scientific name: Phaethon aethereus
Local name: Trios woo

They can be seen around sea cliffs at Moule-a-chique and Maria Islands in the south end of the island during the breeding season, November to May.

For Your Information!!
IUCN-International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is the best-known worldwide conservation status listing and ranking system and was founded in 1963.

Aim: to convey the urgency of conservation issues to the public and policy makers, as well as help the international community to try to reduce species extinction.

Conservation Status by risk of extinction.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concern