Bird Watching in St. Kitts

From thick rainforests that cover the Northern, Central and Southern mountain ranges, an abundance of freshwater ponds and miles of pristine shoreline, St. Kitts is blessed with a myriad of beautiful, complex ecosystems teeming with wildlife. Birders will be pleasantly surprised at the abundant birdlife to be seen at certain times of the year, offering fantastic bird watching opportunities on the Caribbean islands of St Kitts and Nevis.

St. Kitts boasts 9 different ponds, all of which are a magnet for waders and other birds and almost all of them are easily accessible. At least 203 different species have been recorded on the twin island federation, but the actual number is far higher. With very few resident birders on St. Kitts, the island has simply not had enough boots on the ground or eyes to binoculars to spot! This presents a high possibility for birders visiting the island to sight new species to be recorded.

Birders will delight in coming face to feather with birds like the Brown Pelican, Magnificent Frigatebird, Cattle Egret, American Kestrel, Royal Tern, Feral Pigeon, Zenaida Dove, Common Ground-dove, Caribbean Elaenia, Grey Kingbird, Caribbean Martin, Scaly-breasted Thrasher, Bananaquit, Black-faced Grassquit & Lesser Antillean Bullfinch, and Black-whiskered Vireo.

Below is a list of the birds you can find on St. Kitts. Learn more about Bird Watching on St Kitts by clicking here.

Species Name Scientific Name
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Brown Booby Sula leucogaste
Brown Pelican Perlecanus occidentalis
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Great White Egret Egretta alba
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Yellow-crowned Night-heron Nyctanassa violacea
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
American Coot Fulica americana
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia
Wilson's' Snipe Gallinago g. delicata
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa Tringa flavipes
Spotted Sandpiper Tringa macularia
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
Sanderling Calidris alba
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
American Herring Gull Larus a. smithsonianus
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
Royal Tern Sterna maxima
Feral Pigeon Columba livia
Scaly-naped Pigeon Columba squamosa
Zenaida Dove Zenaida aurita
Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
Bridled Quail-Dove Geotrygon mystacea
Eulampis jugularis Purple-throated Carib
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