Scarlet Ibis Spotted In Tobago

By Kandace Chulhan

There has been a confirmed sighting of a Scarlet Ibis bird on the Tobago Plantations Estate. According to Wildlife Biologist from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Angela Ramsey, she was notified and upon investigation, discovered the bird near the Maintenance Facilities on the compound. After an examination, she was able to confirm that it was indeed a scarlet ibis (Eudocimus Ruber) from its scarlet red colour and black wing tips (seen in flight), pink legs and bill. She said that the bird was seen nesting with the other birds, the Cattle Egrets, and Little Blue Herons.

The Scarlet Ibis is one of the national birds of Trinidad and Tobago, and at one time was seen regularly in Tobago. Little Tobago was once called the “Bird of Paradise” Island because it was populated by the Scarlet Ibis birds. However, many of the birds died in the devastation caused by Hurricane Flora in 1963 and there have been no reported sightings in Tobago until now.

Ramsey described the sighting as rare, not only because of its non-existence since Hurricane Flora, but because it was seen alone. She explained that Scarlet Ibis birds usually travel and nest in flocks and wondered if there might have been more. The bird’s stay was very brief since she said it was seen leaving the area at approximately 7:00 the following morning after its discovery. Searches in the mangroves nearby proved futile as the bird was no where to be seen, however, Ramsey has been monitoring the wetlands for more possible sightings. She attributed the brief stay of the Scarlet Ibis to some aggression noticed being displayed by other surrounding birds that were getting territorial.

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from de pitch hole said on Sunday, Sep 29 at 7:58 PM

use to be two vessels called Bird of Paradise and Scarlet Ibis what happen to dem?

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Me said on Thursday, May 2 at 2:57 AM

Bushmeat anyone?

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Jem said on Wednesday, May 1 at 2:29 PM

Were u people discussing the Scarlet Ibis or Puss In Boots? I got lost along the way. Well I think it was nice to have seen one of those birds after all these years.

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Anonymous said on Friday, Apr 26 at 5:43 PM

at least I have them, whats your excuse, me thinks it more suitable for you not to have any ,you can charge more,

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jacob said on Friday, Apr 26 at 9:59 AM

thanks for trying to notice but no is that hair between your teeth in your mouth

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Arima said on Friday, Apr 26 at 8:49 AM

Jacob, I would say , you would have more knowledge than the rest of Tobago on eating unusual substances, time to eat your own words,is that a red feather on your chin ?

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jokier said on Wednesday, Apr 24 at 6:41 PM

Beautiful bird, dangerous place to be, fly away quickly

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jacob said on Sunday, Apr 21 at 11:25 AM

the jokes on you it wasnt a bird you were eating

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JOKER said on Sunday, Apr 21 at 8:51 AM

Tasted wonderful, I now have red feathers for my hat, yummy for my tummy

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Tobagonian said on Saturday, Apr 20 at 12:10 PM

Your history is wrong. Please get it right before you speak of bird of paradise and scarlet ibis. We never had scarlet ibis in Tobago, The bird of paradise was on little Tobago, not the scarlet ibis. Grt it straight.

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citylimer said on Thursday, Apr 18 at 1:01 PM

RED BIRD you are safe if you land in Tobago. Welcome but be careful that if you become a PEST then you know the outcome. Flap your wings and enjoy the Rain Forest and the fruits and the quite way of life. RED BIRD enjoy but do not start BASHING Tobago the Island which you would like to own a few fruit filled Acres.

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Apr 18 at 12:43 AM

you bellow ,you are right we in Toabgo call those Tobagonews and their lack of integrity,I am not fighting you about that,i never said that the TOBAGONEWS IS EDUCATED.

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RED BIrd said on Wednesday, Apr 17 at 5:45 PM

I said savages and mean uneducated low life savages, take from there

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Anonymous said on Wednesday, Apr 17 at 4:02 AM


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RED BIRD said on Tuesday, Apr 16 at 8:27 PM

I would bet it was captured and killed, such is the temperment of Tobago savages

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What? said on Monday, Apr 15 at 3:01 PM

Get your facts straight, Tobago News! Thank you Christine Jackson-Hart for clearing that out! Still, pretty cool to have been there to see the Ibis though!

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Christine Jackson-Hart said on Monday, Apr 15 at 12:34 PM

"Bird Of Paradise Island" (LITTLE TOBAGO) was given that name because of the Greater Birds of Paradise(brought from New Guinea) that were released on the island in the early 1900s,when it was privately owned. The name has nothing to do with Scarlet Ibis.

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Anonymous said on Sunday, Apr 14 at 12:14 PM

It's missing it's eaten

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jacob said on Sunday, Apr 14 at 11:40 AM

the beauty of TOBAGO continues

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