Watching a feeding Vervain Hummingbird—ten feet away—is an especially warm welcome to this Caribbean island with the most endemic birds (29 extant species, 2 probably extinct).

<em>I headed for Jamaica this summer to speak at the 20th International Meeting of BirdsCaribbean, the leading conservation group in the Caribbean region. The meeting was phenomenal, with representatives from over 30 islands networking and sharing their science, conservation, and education projects. <a href="http://www.birdscaribbean.org/tag/birdscarib2015/" target="_blank">#BirdsCarib2015</a></em> <a title="Jamaica Kingston Red-billed Streamertail Steve Shunk" href="http://17amlcjztgt2ermr71ng7zhg.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/BBSTknutsford_P1390892.jpg"><img class="wp-image-6659 size-large"… Read more »

Steve Shunk, our associate editor, is headed to the Caribbean in a few days. Birding may not be the first thing people think of when planning a trip to the Caribbean, but Steve thinks these tropical islands give many reasons to change that perception. Steve will be attending the 20th International Meeting of BirdsCaribbean, which is… Read more »

Puerto Rico

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Birding at Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad and Tobago

Nothing that you may hear from other visitors really prepares you for your first morning on the veranda at Asa Wright Nature Centre.

Brown Noddy, Antigua, by Ted Eubanks

There are reportedly 365 beaches in Antigua, one for each day of the year. Each is seductive, each will tempt you. But head to the offshore islands and tropical forests to find the best birds.

Magnificent Frigatebird with chick, Antigua, by Ted Eubanks

Stunning images of the birds of Antigua and Barbuda, captured by conservationist and ecotourism specialist Ted Eubanks.

Ruby Topaz, Scarlet Ibis, Purple Honeycreeper, & Tufted Coquette

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Just the names of these birds hold so much promise for any birding trip to Trinidad & Tobago, but you have no idea HOW Ruby, Scarlet and Purple these and other birds can be until you see them in person. The islands of Trinidad & Tobago (T&T to some) are located just off the northeast coast of South America and have become a popular vacation spot for nature lovers. Ocean breezes moderate the tropical, humid climate and the bird and mammal life is impressive for such a small land area. More than 460 birds, 55 reptiles, 25 amphibians, and 617 butterflies have been documented here. My wife, Pam, and I visited Trinidad & Tobago for the second time in February of 2013. Below is a gallery of some of my favorite eye-popping beauties. Birds of Trinidad & Tobago Photo Gallery.