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Caribbean, Lesser Antilles, British Overseas Territories


Anguilla is a 35 square mile Caribbean island, and popular tourism location, in the Lesser Antilles, north of Saint Martin.

The main island is approximately 16 miles long with sandy beaches.

There are several smaller, uninhabited islands around it, some of which are Scrub, Dog, the Sombreros, and the Prickly Pear Cays.[1]


Notable Species

Anguilla is a Caribbean island with a reported 179 species of birds. Of those, a large number are considered rare, according to Avibase. [2]

The Anguillan National Bird is the Zenaida Dove (Zenaida aurita). Locally it's known as a Turtle Dove.

Offshore/Outlying island sites offer many significant bird sites, according to the Caribbean Birding Trail. [3]


Some of the species on Avibase[2]noted as being rare include the Snow Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Hooded Merganser, Helmeted Guineafowl, Pied-billed Grebe, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Pearly-breasted Cuckoo, Purple-throated Carib, Spotted Crake, Wilson's Plover, Little Stint, Lesser Yellowlegs, Pomarine Jaeger, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Roseate Tern, White-tailed Tropicbird, Masked Booby, American White Pelican, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Glossy Ibis, Northern Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Merlin, Gray Catbird, Antillean Euphonia, Baltimore Oriole, Ovenbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler.


Birds you can see here include:

Fulvous Whistling-Duck, American Flamingo, Scaly-naped Pigeon, Mangrove Cuckoo, Antillean Nighthawk, White-collared Swift, Green-throated Carib, Common Gallinule, Black-necked Stilt, American Oystercatcher, Ruddy Turnstone, Pomarine Jaeger, Great Black-backed Gull, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Audubon's Shearwater, Magnificent Frigatebird, Brown Booby, Double-crested Cormorant, Brown Pelican, Western Cattle Egret, Roseate Spoonbill, Red-tailed Hawk, Barn Owl, Burrowing Owl, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Peregrine Falcon, Caribbean Elaenia, Black-whiskered Vireo, Caribbean Martin, Tropical Mockingbird, House Sparrow, Carib Grackle, Connecticut Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Lesser Antillean Saltator

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  1. Anguilla, Colville L. Petty, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., published December 30, 2019, https://www.britannica.com/place/Anguilla-island-West-Indies, Accessed August 22, 2020
  2. Lepage D. (2020) Anguilla Bird Checklist - Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World. Retrieved 22 August 2020
  3. Caribbean Birding Trail - https://www.caribbeanbirdingtrail.org/

Recommended Citation

External Links

  1. Official Tourism/Travel Site of Anguilla
  2. Official Site of Government of Anguilla


  1. Anguilla on Google Maps