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Antiguan wildlife

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Hey! How would you like to see some of the wildlife of Antigua? These are all creatures that do well around humans, naturally, since I'm not exactly traveling to the deep wilderness. All of these pictures are from the house or by a restaurant. This is an Antiguan anole, a colorful little insect-eating lizard seen scurrying across walls and walkways.
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As you know, since you read my journal, a house can be natural habitat for wildlife. In and around a house there can be many factors that encourage certain kinds of animals. At the house we stayed in Antigua, the main attractants were lights at night, and dining outdoors during the day.


Lesser Antillean bullfinches area attracted to the activities surrounding breakfast. These bold songbirds essentially fill the house sparrow niche, and are found wherever people are on the island.
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A lesser Antillean bullfinch helps herself to the scraps from my breakfast plate.



A pair of them keep a watch for crumbs.

More birds of Antigua.



It seems odd to see this bird not in a man made habitat. The Lesser Antillean Bullfinch is familiar on the island for getting into restaurant and hotel spaces (which are typically open air) and helping itself to crumbs and sugar packets.

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Photo of female bullfinch, by cottonmanifesto

Urban species #106: Lesser Antillean bullfinch Loxigilla noctis

In the absence of house sparrows, some other little bird will cling near to houses and other buildings, and glean the crumbs forever dropped by their inhabitants. In the eastern Caribbean islands this role is taken by the Lesser Antillean bullfinch. Alexis and I nearly took this bird to be our personal mascot on our trip. The male, all black but for reddish patches on his throat and under his tail, and the female dull olive throughout, were equally likely to visit us as we sat on a porch or at an open-air restaurant.

While this bird is common on the islands on which it occurs, it is found nowhere else on Earth. There are two other species in the Genus Loxigilla, a species from the Greater Antilles, and one from Puerto Rico. They are in the family Emberizidae, the American sparrows, along with the junco and white-throated sparrow.

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