Nocturnal feel-good artist

These melodious sounds are made by the Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis), locally known on Curacao as the Chonchorogai. It is the only local bird that will perform its musical magic during the night. Although this species is relatively common in subtropical and temperate Central and South America, Curacao and Aruba are the only places where the birds occur in a lowland arid tropical environment. On these Islands they sing in a distinct ‘dialect’. On Bonaire the species might have been […] Read more »