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National Birds

The Scarlet Ibis

The Scarlet Ibis (Tantalus Ruber) is found in the Caroni Swamp, Central Trinidad.  This beautiful bird is brown when young and its colour changes to red when it is mature.

The Cocrico

The Cocrico (Rufus Tailed Guan) is a native of Tobago and Venezuela but is not found in Trinidad.  It is the only game bird on the island and is referred to as the Tobago Pheasant.  It is about the size of a common fowl, brownish in colour with a long tail.  They go about in flocks of about six and their quaint calls can be heard in the early morning and late evenings. 

Both the Scarlet Ibis and Cocrico are represented on the Coat Of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago.

Did You Know

Before the arrival of the Spanish, the Carib people called Trinidad "The Land of the Hummingbird".

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