Category Archives: Birds

618. Curaçao’s Hummingbird

Curaçao’s beloved Blenchi (Chlorostilbon mellisugus, blue-tailed emerald hummingbird) is only 8 cm (3 inches) long and that includes its notorious 0.7 inch bill. But don’t be fooled by its small size: it’s a mighty fierce little bird! The male Blenchi is magnificently

618. Curaçao’s Hummingbird

Curaçao’s beloved Blenchi (Chlorostilbon mellisugus, blue-tailed emerald hummingbird) is only 8 cm (3 inches) long and that includes its notorious 0.7 inch bill. But don’t be fooled by its small size: it’s a mighty fierce little bird! The male Blenchi is magnificently

639. Ode to Papiamentu by Philip A. Rademaker

Poem and translation by Philip A. Rademaker, first published in “Bos di buriku”. Photos by Philip A. Rademaker as well. Mi Lenga Papiamentu Mi lenga t’e kabuya largu ku ta mara bark’i mi spiritu n’e waf pisá di realidat i dun’é tòg basta

639. Ode to Papiamentu by Philip A. Rademaker

Poem and translation by Philip A. Rademaker, first published in “Bos di buriku”. Photos by Philip A. Rademaker as well. Mi Lenga Papiamentu Mi lenga t’e kabuya largu ku ta mara bark’i mi spiritu n’e waf pisá di realidat i dun’é tòg basta

753. Curaçao’s 4 Ramsar Sites

Ramsar.org issued a press release on February 15, 2013 announcing that the Dutch government has appointed 4 new ‘Wetlands of International Importance’, for a total of 10 Ramsar sites in the ABC islands — 53 Dutch territories in total — ranking

753. Curaçao’s 4 Ramsar Sites

Ramsar.org issued a press release on February 15, 2013 announcing that the Dutch government has appointed 4 new ‘Wetlands of International Importance’, for a total of 10 Ramsar sites in the ABC islands — 53 Dutch territories in total — ranking

886. Majestic Makuaku

‘Makuaku’ (Frigate birds) are seabirds also known as ‘Man of War’ or Pirate birds. They have long wings, deeply forked tails and hooked bills. Male Makuakus are pitch black, except for their bright red throat pouch, that swells up in

886. Majestic Makuaku

‘Makuaku’ (Frigate birds) are seabirds also known as ‘Man of War’ or Pirate birds. They have long wings, deeply forked tails and hooked bills. Male Makuakus are pitch black, except for their bright red throat pouch, that swells up in

901. Curaçao’s Warawara

Haiku in Papiamentu Pa warawara karni fresku o stinki tur ta pa kome. To the bird of prey fresh or putrid meat — are  all sustenance. By Elis Juliana Ora buriku muri, ta warawara ta hasi fiesta (When the donkey

901. Curaçao’s Warawara

Haiku in Papiamentu Pa warawara karni fresku o stinki tur ta pa kome. To the bird of prey fresh or putrid meat — are  all sustenance. By Elis Juliana Ora buriku muri, ta warawara ta hasi fiesta (When the donkey

1000. Curaçao’s Sugarthief

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

In English, “Bananaquit”. In Latin, “Coereba flaveola”, in Dutch “Suikerdiefje” (Sugarthief), in Papiamentu, the language from Curaçao, “Barika Hel” (Yellow Belly).

This bird has adjusted so remarkably to the human environment that is has become a well-known raider of sugar pots on coffee tables.

1000. Curaçao’s Sugarthief

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

In English, “Bananaquit”. In Latin, “Coereba flaveola”, in Dutch “Suikerdiefje” (Sugarthief), in Papiamentu, the language from Curaçao, “Barika Hel” (Yellow Belly).

This bird has adjusted so remarkably to the human environment that is has become a well-known raider of sugar pots on coffee tables.