(AMRI) Journey to promote Records in Americas - P59 - Codrington Lagoon National Park (Antigua and Barbuda): Home to the largest frigatebird colony in the Americas

01-04-2024

(worldkings.org) Codrington Lagoon is a long lagoon which takes up much of the west of the Caribbean island of Barbuda. Codrington Lagoon supports the largest magnificent frigatebird colony in the Caribbean (approximately 2500 pairs).

Any Barbuda adventure begins with a boat trip to Codrington Lagoon National Park. The national park stretches approximately 16.5 miles and encompasses the entire west coast of Barbuda. Codrington Lagoon supports the largest magnificent frigatebird colony in the Caribbean (approximately 2500 pairs). Brown boobies often loiter in the colony, and laughing gulls nest on the sand that collects beneath the mangrove islets. 

 

 

Frigatebirds banded in this colony have been seen as far north as Florida. Codrington Lagoon is the only RAMSAR site in the country. The lagoon itself is marvelously pristine. Few mangrove lagoons in the Caribbean are as preserved as Codrington, and this site is of global importance for that reason alone.

To the north of Codrington is a frigatebird colony, centered on the lagoon's tiny Man of War Island, a forty-minute boat ride from Antigua. The colony, known as the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, is one of the main ecotourism attractions in Barbuda. During the mating season, from September to April, this rare bird displays a huge scarlet throat pouch to attract a female mate; the pair will lay one egg on a nest built precariously on the mangrove.

These birds cannot walk or swim; they soar high in the clouds and live solely on fish, which they often steal from other birds, giving them their local name, Man of war. They have few predators here, making this nesting site is one of the most important in the world for these endangered birds.

According to en.wikipedia.org; caribbeanbirdingtrail.org


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