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The Altos de Chavón Regional Museum of Archaeology included in their summer camp “Archaeology, Exploration and Adventure” a special day dedicated to the birds of Altos de Chavón with the participation of renowned ornithologist Kate Wallace – before which a small group of adults took part in a bird-watching tour around Altos de Chavón.
At 6:30am on Tuesday the 16th of July Kate was joined by a small number of Casa de Campo bird enthusiasts for bird-watching walk around Altos de Chavón. Unlike the children of the Altos de Chavón summer camp who were too noisy and scared the birds away, this small group enjoyed a tour around Altos de Chavón and with binoculars were able to spot a number of different birds in the area.
Bird-watching in Altos de Chavón
Among the birds they spotted was the “Cigua Palmera” (our national bird), the “Cuyaya” which we wrote about recently (click her to read more), the “Northern Mockingbird”, the “Broad-billed Tody”, and “Bananaquits”, among others.
However, these are only a few that actually live in the area, because thanks to its greenery, Altos de Chavon is an ideal shelter to many endemic bird species that live in the Dominican Republic and in Casa de Campo in particular.
Birds most commonly seen in Casa de Campo are:
• Prairie Warbler
• Antillean Palm-Swift
• Great Blue Heron
• Vervain Hummingbird
• Northern Mockingbird
• Gray Kingbird
• American Kestrel (“Cuyaya”)
• Brown Pelican
• Mourning Dove
• Turkey vultures
Kate Wallace has written extensively about Dominican birds and has given talks about them in many parts of the country. Many books and other materials written by Kate Wallace are available in the library of the Altos de Chavón Regional Museum of Archaeology for all those who are interested in learning more about the birds of the Dominican Republic.
Would you like to learn more about the birds of Altos de Chavón?
Yanet Castillo, the Altos de Chavón museum coordinator for education told us that later in the year she hopes to co-ordinate another activity with Kate Wallace. If you are interested, please contact Yanet on [email protected]