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In the West Indies, one encounters both migrating Yellow Warblers (Setophaga petechia) from North America, in addition to unique resident populations. Some of these island populations, such as the Barbadian subspecies, are threatened due to habitat loss.
The Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) is found in Central and South America, as well as parts of the West Indies. Due to the pet trade, the species has become established in some areas outside of its native range including South Florida.
The Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) is found throughout the Americas. Laughing Gulls can commonly be seen flocking above water in coastal areas.
The House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) is native to Eurasia; however, due to introductions by humans the species can be found throughout much of the world.
The Fulvous Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor) is a widespread species that can be found in parts of North and South America, Africa and the Indian subcontinent. It gets its name from the predominant colour of its plumage.
Johnstone’s Whistling Frog (Eleutherodactylus johnstonei) is a common species that is widespread throughout the Caribbean. Despite its small size it produces a disproportionately loud noise. Its call is a quintessential part of nighttime background noise in the West Indies.
Various tilapine species have been introduced throughout the world for aquaculture. In many areas these species have become naturalized, in some cases becoming invasive.
The Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) is native to the Indian subcontinent and to parts of Africa. Feral populations of the species have become established in various places outside of their original range, including the West Indies. The scene pictured is a common one, as flocks of these parakeets can often be observed feeding in fruit trees.
The Orange-winged Parrot (Amazona amazonica), is found in South America and in Trinidad and Tobago. The species is commonly encountered in the pet trade.
The Sun Parakeet (Aratinga solstitialis), is native to South America. Like other conures, it is known for its loud squawking. Its name comes from its striking plumage.
The Barbados Bullfinch (Loxigilla barbadensis) is endemic to the island of Barbados. The species is in fact not a bullfinch, but a member of the family Thraupidae.
Green Iguanas (Iguana iguana) are often observed camouflaged among foliage. Eyelash Orchids (Coilostylis ciliaris) are epiphytes that can be found growing on the trunks of many trees in the West Indies.