Noteworthy bird sightings: September 2010

Crested Doradito (Pseudocolopteryx sclateri)

Crested Doradito (Pseudocolopteryx sclateri) in the South Oropouche Lagoon, Trinidad

The month of September brought to an end an extraordinary event for the local bird-watching community occasioned by three pairs of Crested Doradito (Pseudocolopteryx sclateri) that attempted to nest in the South Oropouche Lagoon. The six birds were first detected in late July while still in the process of gathering nesting materials. However by the start of September it seemed clear that two of the nest sites had been abandoned or destroyed and there was no sign of the birds. The third and last nest site was active until late September but was also eventually abandoned. All birds have apparently left the area without successfully rearing any young. Crested Doraditos are very rare breeding visitors from South America and they have not been recorded in Trinidad since a previous breeding attempt in 1984.

Crested Doradito (Pseudocolopteryx sclateri)

A male Crested Doradito at dawn in the South Oropouche Lagoon

3 comments ↓

#1 timmaz24s on 10.13.10 at 9:54 pm

WOW THIS IS AMAZING. I HAVENT HEARD OF A CRESTED DORADITO IN TRINIDAD IN A LONG TIME. THIS IS TRULY GREAT. HEY MAN KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK. I SAW SOME GLOSSY IBISES IN BEETHAM THIS WEEK BUT DIDNT HAVE THE CAMERA TO TAKE THE SHOT. I LOVE THIS GREAT JOB.

#2 Emilio on 05.28.13 at 11:05 am

Its a great record! ¿have you watch Crested Doradito again in TT?

#3 Administrator on 05.28.13 at 9:10 pm

Unfortunately no. They have not been seen since. There is just so much suitable habitat available that they could easily go unseen.

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