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All Smoked Out

Last weekend I paid a visit to a special wetland in south Trinidad, and when I say special I mean personally speaking; not only is it just about twenty minutes' drive from where I live, but it was also the site of my first official birding experience back in 2011 under the direction of my friend Theo Ferguson. Inexperienced as I was, I remember seeking out common species like Masked Yellowthroat and Limpkin. I found a flock of upwards of 25 White-faced Whistling Ducks as well as dueling White-tailed Goldenthroats, these mind-blowing finds did not tickle my novice brain in the slightest. What I'd give...

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T&T’s Third Endemic

As science proceeds along its natural path of seeking knowledge, we often realize that things aren't really how they seem. In the not too distant past, what was once the Blue-crowned Motmot was split into six separate species of Motmot, one of which occurs only within T&T, given the dubious name of "Trinidad Motmot". This split was purely based on learning more about the species formerly considered to be a very wide-ranging bird, differences that weren't initially apparent eventually became glaring, and now our Trinidad Motmot looks and sounds nothing like an Andean, Lesson's, Whooping, Amazonian...

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