Cayman Parrot
Cayman Activities
The Cayman Parrot - national bird of the Cayman Islands


cayman islands birding

With a strong commitment to conservation and environmental protection, the a Cayman Islands vacation is an extraordinary choice for bird watchers and the feathered friends they treasure. While the Cayman Islands is home to a wide variety of bird species; dozens of others make Cayman their home away from home, providing bird watchers a glimpse of up to 200 different species in peak season.

has seven protected bird sanctuaries, including the , Colliers Pond, Salina Reserve and the Majestic Reserve.  is home to a 180-acre parrot reserve where you can glimpse the rare, endangered Brac Parrot. Little Cayman's Booby Pond Reserve protects the habitat of the brown and red-footed boobies, hosting the largest colony of red-footed boobies in the Western Hemisphere.

Among species sighted in Grand Cayman are the Tricoloured Herons, Common Moorhen, Green Herons, Black-necked Stilts, American Coots, Blue-winged Teal, Cattle Egrets and rare West Indian Whistling Ducks.

The Sister Islands are home to five seabird colonies: red-footed booby, brown booby, magnificent frigatebird, white-tailed tropicbird and least tern. Over 70 species of non-breeding wetland migrants have been observed in Cayman Brac and including - egrets, ducks, plovers, sandpipers, even flamingos and spoonbills make an occasional visit. Those who give their offspring Cayman birthrights include the pied-billed grebe, West Indian whistling-duck, tricoloured and green herons, yellow-crowned night-heron, willet, and black-necked stilt. Summer breeding visitors are the least tern, white-tailed tropicbird, gray kingbird, black-whiskered vireo and Antillean nighthawk. Island landbirds include Caribbean elaenia, loggerhead kingbird, bananaquit, thick-billed vireo, vitelline warbler, zenaida dove and red-legged thrush.

Hints & Tips

  • If birding is your favourite activity check out Little Cayman's Booby Pond - simply amazing.  
  • The great thing about staying on Cayman Brac is the birds chirping every morning.
  • A flock of rare West Indian Whistling Ducks live in the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park on Grand Cayman.