The Samaan Grove Wetland System

Wetlands Inhabitants
Other Birds, Reptiles, Insects
by Kevin Kenny - Click images to enlarge


Other Birds

Red-crowned woodpecker, Melanerpes rubricapillus, is a very common Tobago bird. It eats insects and ants and can become very tame, taking bread from the table.


Pale-vented pigeon, Columba cayennensis. This is one of the largest doves (30 centimetres [16 inches]) found on the island, and as such is much sought after and hunted. It is usually found in small flocks but is also seen alone foraging for food. It feeds on fruits, berries and seeds. It is very common at Samaan Grove and will let you get fairly close before flying off.


Smooth-billed ani, Crotophaga ani, Merle Corbeau, is almost always found in groups of four and up. This fascinating bird has often suffered because of its uncomplimentary looks. The bill has a distinctive "broken nose" appearance and the eyes are yellowish-white.

They are about 30 centimetres (12 inches) long and glossy blue-black. They feed on large insects, small frogs and lizards. A member of the cuckoo family, they are very gregarious. They have never been extensively hunted and as such are very common on both islands.



There are two large lizards found on the site. The green iguana, Iguana iguana, and the matte, Tapenambis tiguscin, at the left. The green iguana is still hunted on the estate by both the villagers and the workers on the site. We do not have the ability to enforce a total hunting ban at this point in time. As soon as the area is fenced we will start policing it. There are many smaller lizards. 



Butterflies and dragonflies are among the many insects we see at Samaan Grove.

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