With a total of 1,488 bird species recorded, Colombia once again ranked first in the Global Big Day 2022, the world’s most important bird watching event held last Saturday, May 14, this great event started in 2015.
In the Caribbean, La Guajira ranks second in the Colombian Caribbean with approximately 309 species recorded.
Among the most outstanding places in La Guajira for bird watching, we find the Flamingoes Flamingoes Fauna and Flora Sanctuary.
Bird watching has become an important part of nature tourism and represents a great challenge to strengthen the entire production chain in order to make La Guajira’s natural heritage more visible.
Bird watching is a form of expression of creation that awakens all the senses. In La Guajira you can find the song of exotic and emblematic birds of the department, one of them is the Cardinal Guajiro, or Rey Guajiro, scientifically known as Cardinalis Phoeniceus found in Venezuela and northern Colombia, specifically in the department of La Guajira.
This exotic bird is highlighted by its bright red plumage, making it one of the most symbolic and recognized birds of the Guajira territory.
It measures approximately 18 cm and something very particular of the Guajiro cardinal, is its elongated crest of bright red color, as well as its plumage and dark-colored edges on the wings and tail, in addition, it has a quite robust and bluish-gray beak. It is worth mentioning that the female is somewhat different, she stands out for her bluish-white bill, her plumage is pale red, her head is gray with a long red crest and reddish shades on the tail.
They are granivorous, that is, their diet is practically based on plant seeds, grains and even invertebrate animals.
Their love nest
Like many birds, the Guajiro Cardinal also builds its nest in a tree or cactus to shelter and reproduce. The female is the one that incubates the eggs, its posture is of three eggs of white with brown color and a last fact: its young must remain approximately thirteen days in the nest, after this time, the chicks are already sufficiently developed to fly.
Among its qualities, also stand out the varied whistles or songs that it emits from the top of the trees. They mainly produce these sounds to communicate and sometimes mark territory; giving signals to other birds that their nest will be there. Although, if you go walking through the dry forests of La Guajira and listen to these natural melodies, you can feel a relaxing sensation and become infected with positive energy during the day.
The Guajiro cardinal is not a migratory bird, but if it feels threatened by invasion of its environment, or that its food is scarce, it may migrate to other places.