Birding Resources

Before your visit, be sure to check out the following resources, as they will definitely add to the enjoyment of your birding excursion on Bonaire.

Research Bonaire’s birds in advance of your visit.

If you plan on birdwatching while on Bonaire, you will enjoy the experience so much more if you do a little research in advance.  Knowing what birds you may encounter on Bonaire will help you find and identify them more quickly.

The following resources are wonderful for learning more about birding on Bonaire.  It is recommended that you take the time to peruse these sources so you can more fully enjoy your birding excursion.

Field Guide

Birds of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao is the essential guide for anyone traveling to Bonaire.  This book, published in 2017, showcases the more than 280 species seen on the ABC Islands and provides descriptions of and directions to the best places to bird, from the famous white sand beaches to hidden watering holes to the majestic national parks.

Log your Sightings

eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world. A collaborative enterprise with hundreds of partner organizations, thousands of regional experts, and hundreds of thousands of users, eBird is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Bird ID

Merlin is designed to be a birding coach for beginning and intermediate bird watchers. Merlin asks you the same questions that an expert birder would ask to help solve a mystery bird sighting. Notice that date and location are Merlin’s first and most important questions. It takes years of experience in the field to know what species are expected at a given location and date. Merlin shares this knowledge with you based on more than 200 million sightings submitted to eBird from birders across the United States and Canada.

Caribbean Birding Trail

Bonaire is a stop on the Caribbean Birding Trail (CBT), a project of the non-profit organization, BirdsCaribbean. The CBT is being developed to connect people to extraordinary places, diverse cultures, and people of each island, promoting authentic experiences that benefit local people and encourage the protection of the Caribbean’s natural resources, including birds and their habitats. If you are a birdwatcher, nature lover, wildlife photographer, or someone looking for an authentic, unique, and transformative experience…the Caribbean Birding Trail is for you.

Conserving Precious Resources

BirdsCaribbean is the largest regional organization dedicated to the conservation of wild birds and their habitats in the insular Caribbean (including Bermuda, the Bahamas and all islands within the Caribbean basin). Their leadership team is comprised of diverse conservation professionals and environmentalists from across the region and the U.S. Founded in 1988, it is a non-profit (501 (c) 3) membership organization with over 1,200 members and supporters from around the world and throughout the islands.

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