There's something else very special about Casa Bonita...



Top 4 most common birds at Casa Bonita


Bananaquit
Bananaquit

Trupial
Trupial

Yellow Oriole
Yellow Oriole

House Sparrow
House Sparrow



Maarten and Ingrid have created a feeding place for local birds in the trees right next to the house. Every day they faithfully put out sugar and fresh water for their fine feathered friends. this draws droves of little bananaquits, called chibichibis in Papiamento and suikerdief in Dutch.

The boldest and brassiest are the troupials in their bright coat of orange and black. Although native to Aruba and Curacao, the troupial did not originally occur in Bonaire, but was introduced here and is now common. Another visitor is our local version of the troupial, the yellow oriole.

There are also swarms of house sparrows, for which the Dutch name is huismus.

Bats swoop down on the site at night, and bats, you know, are very important for the ecology of our island.

All this bird activity is available for all to see on our webcam. You can watch 24/7, right from your home.

Log on to the bird sanctuary at Casa Bonita Bonaire. Our flying visitors go through an enormous amount of sugar each day.

If you would like to sponsor our program, and help us keep the sugar coming, we would be very pleased to receive your donation.

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