1000. Curaçao’s Sugarthief

1000. The most popular bird: Barika Hèl (Yellow Belly)

In English, “Bananaquit”. In Latin, “Coereba flaveola”. In Dutch, “Suikerdiefje” (literal translation: Sugarthief). But Papiamentu, the language spoken in Curaçao, cuts straight to the heart of the matter: “Barika Hèl” (literal translation: Yellow Belly).

They resemble gentlemen perpetually dressed for elegant black-tie occasions. But beware of this chirping James Bond as he’s notorious for raiding sugar pots!

Barika Hel

About 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao

Hi! I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in Manhattan but sometimes miss my first awesome island. Thanks for visiting!

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