Willet (Tringa semipalmata) hunting crustaceans along the mudflats in Ogle, East Coast Demerara, Guyana (Photo by Kester Clarke www.kesterclarke.net)

The Willet (Tringa semipalmata) breeds in North America and the West Indies and winters in southern North America, Central America, the West Indies and South America.

Willets are identified on the ground by their grey legs and shortish, heavy but straight bill. The plumage is grey above with a white rump, and white below with a distinct white area above the lores and a narrow whitish eyering giving the bird a spectacled appearance. The underparts are white. In breeding plumage, the bird shows brown barring on the upperparts. Non-breeding birds are plainer.

Willets feed on crabs, worms, clams, and other invertebrates as well as fish and aquatic insects. They are flexible in their feeding habits and hunt by walking steadily and pecking prey from the substrate, although they also probe into the mud or silt with their sensitive bill and may actively stalk larger prey in shallow water.


Yellow-crowned night heron

The Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)is found in the Americas. The body and back are a smooth grey-blue, with a black scaled pattern on the wings.

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The Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) is a migratory  species wintering on coasts in Africa, South America, south Asia  into  Australasia and southern North America.

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Tricolored Heron

The Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) is found in the Gulf states of the United States and northern Mexico south through Central America and the Caribbean to central Brazil and Peru.

Thrush-like Antpitta

The Thrush-like Antpitta (Myrmothera campanisona) is found in the Amazon Basin from eastern Colombia to the Guianas, south through Amazonian Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru, to northern Bolivia.

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Pale-vented pigeon

            The pale-vented pigeon (Patagioenas cayennensis) is found in the tropical Americas.

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