Birds and big lizards of Curaçao

Lots of lifers

I spent a week’s holiday in beautiful Curaçao and spotted lots of birds I’d never seen before, like magnificent frigatebirds, bare-eyed pigeons, troupials, bananaquits and yellow warblers.

Bare-eyed pigeon at Papagao beach, Curaçao

Bare-eyed pigeon at Papagayo beach, Curaçao

My bird list

Other birds my friends and I spotted were: yellow oriole, blue-tailed emerald, green heron, little egret, grey kingbird, tropical mockingbird, Caribbean flamingo, common ground-dove, great blue heron, tricoloured heron, white faced dove, brown-throated parakeet, ruddy turnstone, rufous-collared sparrow capensis, cara cara, Carib grackle and brown pelican.

Big lizards of Curaçao

We also got to see the impressive green iguana. This photo was taken at Mango beach.

green iguana curaçao

Green iguana

Iguana’s are also known as ‘boomkip’, which means tree chicken, because they taste like chicken. Iguana stew is a local dish.


Great egret (Ardea alba)

Just as I stepped outside, this Great egret flew over. I was just in time to snap a photo. There are dozens of them in the surrounding meadows in the region of Bellingwolde. I think they forage for mice there.

Northern Fulmar

There was a breeding colony of Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialis (thanks Dewald) at the Cap Sizun bird reserve. They made quite a noise 🙂

Northern Fulmar

Fluffy youngster in the background

Northern Fulmar

Northern Fulmar nest on the cliffs

Northern Fulmar

Closer up

Northern Fulmar