Saturday, February 06, 2010

Jamaica birds: Icterids

Jamaican Oriole

Greater Antillean Grackle

Jamaican Blackbird
Of these three, the blackbird is the only real endemic (the oriole also is found on San Andres island, Colombia). The grackle is a canny grub-nicker, which will pinch your breakfast if you are not careful. The blackbird is said to be one of the hardest endemics to encounter. Perhaps this is because they spend their time creeping around trees looking for morsels. Despite these terrible pics, this blackbird was less than 5m away from us, seemingly oblivious.

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