Bonaire, an island municipality of the Netherlands, lies off Venezuela’s coast in the southern Caribbean. Its reef-lined coast is protected by Bonaire National Marine Park. Beyond its rich marine life, the island shelters lizards, donkeys and birds within its immense Washington Slagbaai National Park, marked by beaches, lagoons, caverns and desert-like hills.
With over 200 species of birds living on the island, Washington Slagbaai National Park and Pekelmeer are two of the most popular birding locations. The Yellow-shouldered Parrot is found on Bonaire. Bonaire is a critical breeding ground for the survival of this species. The best places to see parrots are in the cactus fields of the north and in fruit-trees. The parrot is endangered with an island population of only eight hundred.
Yellow-shouldered Parrot © Andrew Moon