2016 – A year in birds on Curaçao | a new publication

2016 – A year in birds on Curaçao Download: Vogelboek CFF 2016 lr In January 2015 a team of bird enthusiasts started the Bird Watching Curaçao Facebook page under guidance of the Curaçao Footprint Foundation. All administrators of the page followed the extensive Birds of Curaçao (ornithology) course of the foundation. They wanted to stay active to keep up with the bird information of the region and the island, and to train field identification skills. The main focus of the […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds – Neotropic cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

If you ever drive past the the water treatment plant of Klein Hofje in the early morning of late afternoon you can sometimes see black birds, sitting on the edge of the water basins with their wings spread out in the sun. These are cormorants. These animals can also be regularly spotted at coastal locations, such as the Seaquarium. This bird is approximately 60 centimeters long and completely dark, almost black, in color. The most striking features of these cormorants […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds – Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) MIGRANT

Few people will notice this common water guest, unless they are observing well. The 14-centimeter long bird is has a dark brown color on the upper parts and a cream-colored to yellowish belly showing dark stripes or dots. In addition, the animal has a yelow-white stripe on the head which crosses the eye. The most striking feature of the animal is the way it moves around: upright and with a whipping tail. This is usually the behavior which attracts attention […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds – Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)

The Blue-winged Teal is one of many species of ducks which can be found on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. If you really want to observe the animals now, while the dams are still dry, the water treatment plants on the islands are the best bet to find them. You will find the birds, sometimes in huge numbers, on the edges of the water tanks which make them relatively easy to observe, even though they are shy. Blue-winged […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds – Yellow Orioles (Icterus nigrogularis curasoensis)

The bird sits in the tree, like a ripe yellow mango, its bright yellow feathers in shrill contrast to the grayish background of the dry forest. Besides the brightly coloured feathers, it is also the sound the bird produces which is striking, it’s like a sharp coughing bark. In Papiamentu, de local language on Curaçao and Bonaire the bird is called Trupial Kachó (the Dog Trupial), based on the barking sounds it makes. In Papiamento, the local language on the […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Shells – The Bleeding Tooth Nerite

The Bleeding Tooth Nerite (Nerita peloronta) What a name this snail and shell has in English: the Bleeding Tooth Nerite. It is kind of logical though if you take a goof look at the shell this snail species builds for itself, cause it has a clearly visible blood red spot which looks very much like the spot where a child’s tooth has fallen out. The spot is located at the entrance of the shell, called the mouth plate. The scientific […] Read more »

The mysterious mouse

The species of Homo sapiens, also known as the thinking human, has spread over the surface of the earth using all kinds of inventions. By leg power, boats and, especially the last couple of decades, by airplanes. There is almost no place left on terrestrial earth which has not been visited one time or another by a human individual. The unexplored en unvisited places are becoming scarcer by the day. The big trouble is, Homo sapiens has the persistent tendency […] Read more »

Know your fauna: shells

The Caribbean Four-tooth Nerite Marine snails which are part of the Nerite family often have small teethlike protrusions which can often be found on the mouth plate (columella fold), the calcerous part at the opening at the bottom of the shell where the slug’s body moves to the outside. In the Caribbean Four-tooth Nerite or Nerita versicolor four teeth can be observed at the aperture and there are also several smaller ones on the outer lip. The shell colors are […] Read more »

Know your fauna: shells

Common purple snail (Janthina janthina) Rare blue / purple In 1758 Linnaeus gave the scientific name Janthina janthina to a tiny and very delicate purple / blue snail shell and its snail inhabitant. The popular names for this species, which occurs in warm waters worldwide, range from ‘Purperen’ or ‘Paarse zeezeiler’ in Dutch to Common purple snail in English. The animal is not rare, but the color of the shell it produces certainly is. There are very few naturally blue […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds

The ABC island have a rich diversity of flora and fauna and the number of people wanting to get to know this diversity is growing everyday. What was considered boring and unimportant in the past is now slowly but surely considered as the natural heritage of our countries which should be cherished and respected. To put a spotlight on the biodiversity of the islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, Caribbean Footprint Magazine will start focusing on the individual species of the […] Read more »