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Alternative Name: Caroni Swamp Bird Sanctuary, Trinidad

One of the channels through Caroni Swamp
Photo by njlarsen, March 2010


This area is a large mangrove swamp with brackish water. The main claim to fame is the roosting and nesting Scarlet Ibis which may approach 18000-20000 in number[1]. Mangrove specialists are commonly found in the area.


Evening flight of the Scarlet Ibis (click on image for larger version
Photo by njlarsen, March 2010

Notable Species

Scarlet Ibis, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Bicolored Conebill, Red-rumped Woodpecker, and Black-crested Antshrike are some of the main attractions. There are also good chances of seeing Osprey and Peregrine Falcon; the latter is the main predator of the Scarlet Ibis.


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Birds you can see here include:

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Other Wildlife

Tree Boa snakes are often seen.

Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

Several boat companies compete for the business of taking people out into the swamp; the main attraction is the evening flight of Scarlet Ibis to the roosting islands in the large lagoon, where they will be lit by the low evening light and look like they are gleeming from an inner fire. If getting in with an interested guide in a boat with not too may tourists, this can be a very rewarding experience, often allowing viewing of many of the more hidden species as well. If disappointed, it may be possible to arrange a morning trip specifically for the smaller birds.

Contact Details

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  1. Information given by a boat guide on the swamp 2010

External Links

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