Trinidad is a true Neotropical birding paradise. With nearly 500 species (and one of the top ten countries in the world for bird species per square mile), this little island packs a punch well above its weight in avian terms! And a key reason that it is so exciting for birders is its location. One of the Caribbean islands, but situated just 15 kilometres from the coast of Venezuela, Trinidad is a haven for both Caribbean and South American species.

The best place to enjoy and observe the island’s remarkable abundance of birds is the world-renowned Asa Wright Nature Centre, hidden away in the hills of Trinidad’s Northern Range. Here the birding is easy, just the way it should be on a Caribbean island!

For a perfect day’s birdwatching, all you have to do is position yourself on the Centre’s famous verandah and watch the natural world (literally) fly by. Spend a couple of hours here, and you’ll be amazed at what you can see in such a short space of time. A mouthwatering variety is possible: blue-crowned motmots flittering in the trees; white-necked jacobins darting between the feeders; ornate hawk-eagles catching thermals high in the sky; woodcreepers sneaking along the branches; white-flanked antwrens rustling amongst the fallen leaves.

The best place to enjoy and observe the island’s remarkable abundance of birds is the world-renowned Asa Wright Nature Centre, hidden away in the hills of Trinidad’s Northern Range. Here the birding is easy, just the way it should be on a Caribbean island! For a perfect day’s birdwatching, all you have to do is position yourself on the Centre’s famous verandah and watch the natural world (literally) fly by. Spend a couple of hours here, and you’ll be amazed at what you can see in such a short space of time. A mouthwatering variety is possible: blue-crowned motmots flittering in the trees; white-necked jacobins darting between the feeders; ornate hawk-eagles catching thermals high in the sky; woodcreepers sneaking along the branches; white-flanked antwrens rustling amongst the fallen leaves.

The birding at Asa Wright is relaxed and leisurely, yet it is not uncommon to see between 60 and 70 species in a single day at the centre. During the early part of the year the weather is generally warm and sunny; however, at the Asa Wright Nature Centre the temperatures are kept in check by cool breezes blowing around the hills and this adds to the laid-back atmosphere. All in all, the island of Trinidad is perfect for those looking for a comfortable and peaceful experience of nature, with excellent opportunities to see a colourful assortment of birds.

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