Migrant Bird Records for Saint Lucia, West Indies

- Written by National Trust


Migrant birds constitute an enriching and yet transient element to St. Lucia’s biodiversity.For the fortunate few who are aware of St. Lucia’s “native” birds, the migratory birds addan interesting and somewhat mysterious element to our wildlife. Their stopoverappearances around home gardens, shorelines or water treatment ponds during theirsouthbound journeys from North America to the Caribbean and beyond has prompted theoccasional curious phone call to the Forestry Department by individuals seeking toidentify them. Far from being considered a foreign element, such migratory birds shouldbe regarded as an indigenous part of St. Lucia’s wildlife and appreciated as such. Veryfew St. Lucians are aware of the swallows, sandpipers, warblers and the wild ducks thatjourney over thousands of miles from their summer breeding range to our shores toescape the cold northern winters. Many strictly associate such birds with North Americaor Europe and yet our local names such as “canard sauvage” for the wild ducks, and thevarious “becassine” (sandpipers) seen along the beaches reflect our longstandingknowledge of these birds as part of our natural heritage…

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