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 or Blue-capped Motmot.
This Trinidad Motmot (significantly more common on Tobago than Trinidad) then joined the ranks of the Trinidad Piping Guan as the second bird that is found nowhere else on the world but within our beautiful twin island republic.
Just a couple years ago, a rather inconspicuous and part-of-the-landscape bird got declared its very own species. Formerly known as the Scrub Greenlet, we can now comfortably tick off “Tobago Greenlet” on our lists.