St Kitts Wildlife & Marine Life
St Kitts wildlife
Regretfully St Kitts wildlife, as on its sister island Nevis, is not impressive. St Kitts & Nevis, officially named “The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis”, are very close to each other geographically and have virtually the same wildlife and marine life.
Wildlife consists of donkeys, cows, goats, black-bellied sheep, deer, mongooses, several species of bat, deer (St Kitts), and vervet monkeys – introduced to the island by settlers. Early in the morning or late in the afternoon, away from the developed areas of the island, is a good time to see these green vervet monkeys.
St Kitts & Nevis birds
A total of 203 different bird species have been recorded in St Kitts & Nevis. Amongst them are the Antillean crested hummingbird, pelican, waders, cinnamon teal, yellow warbler, Caribbean coots, green heron, Wilsons plover, little blue heron, great egret, green throated Carib hummingbird, American kestrel, Caribbean Elania, black tern, black whiskered vireo, and shiney cowbird… Also St Kitts have recorded the magnificent frigatebird, pied-billed grebe, greater flamingo, blue winged teal, red-tailed hawk, osprey, several species of plover, sandpiper (spotted, semi-palmated), several species of gull and doves.
To find out more about birds in the Caribbean region generally, go to the Caribbean Birdwatching & Birds page in the Caribbean Leisure Activities section.
St Kitts & Nevis marine life
Humpback whales, spinner dolphins, four species of sea turtles (the green sea turtle, hawksbill turtle, leatherback turtle and the loggerhead turtle) can be seen in St Kitts & Nevis waters. In the channel between Nevis and St Kitts, there is abundant fish life. Some of the marine life you will see around the islands are snappers, large schools of jacks, angelfish, spiny lobster, nurse sharks, lizard fish, stingray, squirrelfish, sea urchins, assorted reef fish, grunts, hind, creole wrasse, damselfish, tangs, arrow crabs, yellow-tailed snappers, bluehead, bicolour damselfish and spotted parrotfish. Also the sharpnose puffer, black triggerfish, Atlantic Chub, foureye butterflyfish, mackerel, barred hamlet, blue chromis, harlequin bass, great barracuda, flamingo tongue cowrie, the hermit crab and longsnout seahorse.
Caribbean wildlife books
If Caribbean wildlife in general, as well as Nevis and St Kitts wildlife, is of interest to you, you will probably enjoy our Caribbean Book Reviews section as we have reviewed several Caribbean wildlife books.
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