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Common to Uncommon

The designations of birds' populations confused me initially. Birds were listed as common, some as abundant, some as abundant and widespread, others as scarce, very rare - and even vagrant. But a quick perusal of the field guide's introduction cleared that fog instantly. What really bugged me was that there were so many birds listed as "common", and many of these had escaped me. Of course, with time, all things come to pass. Some birds are just a little more difficult to see than others. Golden-headed Manakins can be heard in almost every forested area in Trinidad - yet still the tiny black...

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The Much Maligned National Bird

We learn about it in school, it's on our coat of arms, it's somewhere in every government building across the country - but why does it not receive the same veneration as its counterpart? Well, this is aside from the issue of a single nation having two national birds. After a quick search, I realized that Trinidad and Tobago is the actually only country in the entire world to have two officially recognized national birds. By this same logic, St Vincent and the Grenadines should have a couple hundred national birds. Anyway, this poor bird has been shoved aside in favour of the more resplendent...

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