Birds at Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge
Birds at Asa Wright are the Nature Centre’s main attraction, with 166 species recorded (Ref 1). In comparison, Trinidad has recorded 471 species (Refs 2 and 3). The six galleries comprise (1) Hummingbirds, (2) Hummingbird Behaviours, (3) Landbirds, (4) Passerida, (5) Tanagers and Cardinals, and (6) Suboscines.
Hummingbirds at Asa Wright Nature Centre
Hummingbirds at Asa Wright
Thirteen hummingbird species occur at Asa Wright, six feature in the gallery. Except for the sexually monomorphic White-chested Emerald, all other displayed species are dimorphic. For instance, the gallery shows images of two species of both sexes. Also, see the Hummingbirds and Relatives bird webpage for hummingbird classification and taxonomy.
Hummingbird Behaviours at Asa Wright Nature Centre
Featured photos show several species hovering while feeding in flight or hovering near nectar plants, such as Mimosa, Sanchezia speciosa shrub, red and purple vervain. Two of my favourite hummingbirds to photograph are the fast Tufted Coquette and skittish Ruby-topaz.
Landbirds at Asa Wright Nature Centre
Passerida Birds at Asa Wright Nature Centre
Tanagers and Cardinals at Asa Wright Nature Centre
Tyranni (Suboscine) Birds at Asa Wright Nature Centre
Tyranni (Suboscine) Birds at Asa Wright
The featured birds include images from Tyranni (Suboscines) Photo Album.
Along the Discovery Trail, there are Leks of White-bearded Manakin and Golden-headed Manakin. Also, along the Bellbird Trail, the bell-like “bong” of the bearded bellbird rings out.
Birds at Asa Wright References: Online Resources
1. Asa Wright Nature Centre Bird List [Online] Available from: https://asawright.org/tropical-nature/birds-2/ [Accessed 30th April 2021].
2. Avibase – The World Bird Database [Online] Available from: https://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/checklist.jsp?lang=EN [Accessed 30th April 2021].
3. Gill, F & Donsker, D (Editors) (2016). IOC World Bird List (v 11.1). [Online] Available from: https://www.worldbirdnames.org/new/ [Accessed 30th April 2021]. DOI: 10.14344/IOC.ML.11.1.