With a strong commitment to conservation and environmental protection, the a Cayman Islands vacation is an extraordinary choice for bird watchers and the feathered friends they treasure. While the Cayman Islands is home to a wide variety of bird species; dozens of others make Cayman their home away from home, providing bird watchers a glimpse of up to 200 different species in peak season.
Grand Cayman has seven protected bird sanctuaries, including the QE II Botanic Park, Colliers Pond, Salina Reserve and the Majestic Reserve. Cayman Brac is home to a 180-acre parrot reserve where you can glimpse the rare, endangered Brac Parrot. Little Cayman's Booby Pond Reserve protects the habitat of the brown and red-footed boobies, hosting the largest colony of red-footed boobies in the Western Hemisphere.
Among species sighted in Grand Cayman are the Tricoloured Herons, Common Moorhen, Green Herons, Black-necked Stilts, American Coots, Blue-winged Teal, Cattle Egrets and rare West Indian Whistling Ducks.
The Sister Islands are home to five seabird colonies: red-footed booby, brown booby, magnificent frigatebird, white-tailed tropicbird and least tern. Over 70 species of non-breeding wetland migrants have been observed in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman including - egrets, ducks, plovers, sandpipers, even flamingos and spoonbills make an occasional visit. Those who give their offspring Cayman birthrights include the pied-billed grebe, West Indian whistling-duck, tricoloured and green herons, yellow-crowned night-heron, willet, and black-necked stilt. Summer breeding visitors are the least tern, white-tailed tropicbird, gray kingbird, black-whiskered vireo and Antillean nighthawk. Island landbirds include Caribbean elaenia, loggerhead kingbird, bananaquit, thick-billed vireo, vitelline warbler, zenaida dove and red-legged thrush.
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Hints & Tips
- If birding is your favourite activity check out Little Cayman's Booby Pond - simply amazing.
- The great thing about staying on Cayman Brac is the birds chirping every morning.
- A flock of rare West Indian Whistling Ducks live in the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park on Grand Cayman.