Bird Families

Yellow-throated (Masked) Songbird / Geothlypis trichas


A small illustrated list of 21 species of birds in the Dominican Republic, met in two weeks.

There are not very many pigeons in the Dominican Republic, I met only a few species.
2. One of the most interesting and desirable was sparrow earthen dove (Columbina passerina), the bird is very small, the size of an adult bird is about 15 centimeters. Near our hotel I found several places where you could see them, but the turtle doves turned out to be very distrustful and only one let me in, for a short while, so that I could take this shot. Like all turtle doves, these are very talkative and their "kurlik" can be heard from afar.

3. Another representative of the dove-like - white-winged dove (Zenaida asiatica), did not meet often, did not want to let her in.

4. Doves met in only one place.

5. Only at home, raking the footage, I realized that I had photographed Caribbean turtle dove (Zenaida aurita).

6. Spanish lizard cuckoo (Saurothera longirostris) endemic, found quite often, I would call these birds ghosts, despite their size they dissolve in the undergrowth where it is almost impossible to find them. Cuckoos rarely fly, mostly jumping around, looking for small vertebrates, insects and reptiles.

7. Sitting in the thickets, the cuckoo, apparently, understands that it is extremely difficult to find it.

8. For this reason, she lets her very close, while not making any sound or movement, but only looking suspiciously.

9. In general, a rather interesting bird for observation and photographing.

10. Another master of disguise - Small Sultanka (Porphyrio martinica). The same bird met twice, two steps from the hotel.

11. I let me close, but at the same time I was nervous and hid in the leaves, sometimes raising my head to check if I had left.

12. Banana songbird or sugar bird (Coereba flaveola), also found everywhere, males actively sing, settling on higher elevations, like our bluethroats.

13. Banana songbird feeds on nectar, insects, and also sucks juice from berries. Can also eat granulated sugar.

14. Yellow-throated Mask Songbird (Geothlypis trichas), encountered once.

15. Yellow-throated Forest Songbird (Dendroica dominica), encountered twice.

16. Prairie Woodland Songwriter (Dendroica discolor), the most common songwriter, was found in almost every bush.

17. And as a proof - Palm forest songbird (Dendroica palmarum).

18. One of the species of birds that I wanted to at least see was hummingbirds. In total, I have met two species.
First ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris), very small. It is extremely difficult to shoot, having seen enough photos from Brazil, where hummingbird feeders are common, I thought the same situation would be in the Dominican Republic, but there were no feeders and I had to run from flower to flower in order to somehow remove this "fly".

19. In any case, these are almost my first encounters with hummingbirds, before that I saw them at the age of 15 when I was vacationing in Spain, but in fact I am not sure whether these were real hummingbirds or just some kind of beetle.

20. The second representative of the species was a fairly large hummingbird - dominican mango (Anthracothorax dominicus). Its size, in comparison with the ruby-throated, is impressive from which it was much easier to photograph it. However, these birds were not seen as often as we would like, only three times. Once a bird hovered over a flower for a long time and allowed taking pictures, but the law of meanness works throughout the planet, and at that time a fifty-millimeter lens was screwed on the camera, all that was left was to observe.

21. Once we managed to see him sitting on a branch, the bird looks a little strange.

22. Sparrow, or American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), I met often, I even managed to watch the hunt literally from 10 meters, but despite the proximity of the distance, I could not photograph anything interesting.

23. One kestrel nest was located on the territory of our hotel, it is a pity that I found it on the last evening and did not have time to observe these little predators. Also, on the territory of hotels, I often met dead headless swifts, apparently this is one of their main dishes.

24. Antillean palm swift (Tachornis phoenicobia), I did not strain too much, and took only one frame of the swift to determine. They settle in the crown of lush palm trees, the leaves of which have dried and hung along the trunk, in the hotel they take places in the roofs of palm leaves, deftly diving under the canopy.

25. Turkey vulture (Cathartes aura), the most frequent silhouette in the sky over the Dominican Republic. However, we managed to shoot close up only in the city of artists, on excursions. In this place, they fly over their heads, for such a turn I was not ready and did not take off anything much, out of fright, shooting 400 mm, as a result, all the birds were cut off.

26. Golden-faced tiaris (Tiaris olivaceus), female. It is also a fairly common species, a dynamic bird that loves dark thickets, for this reason there are not many sharp shots.

27. Golden-faced tiaris (Tiaris olivaceus), the male looks more elegant.

28. We also met well-known people from India and Indonesia, scaly finches (Lonchura punctulata) are terribly distrustful. Once again I was amazed at the mimicry of these birds - a whole flock can sit three meters away from you, and you will notice them only when they take off.

29. On the island of Saona, in the Caribbean, an endemic was encountered haitian corpse (Icterus dominicensis), only one photo was taken with eyes closed.

30. Well, the most common poultry in hotels is the Indian peacock, brought here for entertainment. Here they feel great and, apparently, run away, since several times I heard the voice of a rooster in the dense jungle.

31. Very often it was possible to observe how peacocks sit on the balconies looking into the rooms. Their tails are broken from the touch of many tourists, especially young ones.