The small but fine wildlife on Curacao

What animals are on Curaçao?

The Iguana The landmark Curacao

The Iguanas love the dry-wet climate and feel on Curacao fiddle. They are found almost everywhere. They sit on the roadside, sometimes on the road. Unfortunately, many are run over. There are so many iguanas, so that the locals go even to hunt and make her delicious iguana soup from it. But who would like to see even a variety of iguanas, which stops just once at the Bahia Hotel and sits down on the terrace of the restaurant. There the iguanas sit under the tables and in the trees. But not so late. The iguanas are the 2 laziest animal after the sloth.They are of course fed from the restaurant, so they are represented as numerous.



Curaçao is observed very often the black-orange colored birds that sing their songs. Her name is Oriole. This pretty bird reaches a height of about 18 centimeters. The tail of the Baltimoretrupials is also colored in part black, the outer sides are orange. Belly and flanks are bright orange colored, which makes the birds from afar. Also in the neck is a orange-red plumage area. Baltimoretrupiale pull their children in North America great, they only spend the winter in Central and South America and the Caribbean.


Parrot (St. Thomas-Sittige)


Males: The St. Thomas parakeet is colored green in general. The forehead, sides of the head and throat are yellow orange, the apex bluish, the back of the head and neck and upper chest green colored blassolivbraun. The brisket is yellowish green and orange towards the belly. The outer webs of the large flight feathers have bluish peaks that outer webs of the remaining flight feathers are blue. The coverts are yellowish green. The tail feathers on the underside olive yellow. The beak is blackish who featherless eye ring white, the iris yellow and gray legs.

Females: There is no sexual dimorphism. The females do not differ in appearance from the male.

Young birds: The young birds have brown cheeks, neck and upper chest are greenish. They have a horn-colored beak and dark iris. You are fully colored, aged 3 years.

Length: 25 cm

Weight: 100 g

St. Thomas-Sittich
St. Thomas-Sittich1


All Flamingo species are very similar. They have long, thin legs, a long neck and a pink plumage. Upstanding Flamingos 90 to 155 cm high. The sexual dimorphism is low, the sexes are equal but gefärbt.Männchen are slightly larger than females on average. Relative to its body size neck and legs with them longer than any other birds. Judging by the length of the neck is the number of cervical vertebrae with 17 not higher than average, in swans z. B. there are 25. The head is in proportion to body size is very small, as are the feet, in pink, in Chile and lesser flamingo shows the first toe to the back and the other three forwards, the Andean and James flamingos missing the first toe. The forward-facing toes are webbed. The pink color of the plumage is due to the absorption of carotenoids in the diet. These are mainly used in planktonic algae. The Flamingo organism can convert these carotenoids using enzymes in the liver, this results in several pigments, especially canthaxanthin, which is absorbed in the skin and feathers of adult flamingos. Young birds have a gray plumage with no or few pink pigments. Likewise, the unnatural diet of Zoo Flamingos causes them more white plumage haben.Ein further characteristic of the Flamingos is bent downwards beak with which they filter with the top down, the food from the water or sludge. The beak edges are covered with fine lamellae which fulfill a similar function to the baleen of baleen whales. Flamingos are good swimmers, but not often use this ability. Her long legs allow them even wading in deeper water. In flight they keep the neck stretched out the wings are beaten quickly and often;Gliding phases are rare. You can reach flight speeds of 50 to 60 km / h. In groups flying flamingos usually make energy-saving V-formations. some running steps are done usually both before the start and after landing.


Hummingbird – The smallest bird in the world

Hummingbirds perform their Schwirrflug with a very high frequency of 40 – from 50 wing beats per second. With its movable wings, they can fly on the spot to drink as nectar. You can also sideways and even fly backward. At Hummingbird hand is greater than the upper and lower arm, in contrast to all the other bird families. This and an extreme mobility in the shoulder as the elbow allow the hummingbird almost every conceivable wing position. The time this takes chest and upper arm muscles makes the hummingbird than a quarter of its total weight is made. And they love reddish and yellow flowers.


Wara Wara – The street cleaning service



Of the 7 species of turtles that live in the oceans of the world, 5 are located in the waters around Curacao. The unhappy as green turtle, designated Green Turtle is critically endangered and can no longer be consumed. This also applies to the loggerhead turtle. The hawksbill turtle and the leatherback turtle are endangered. The leatherback turtle preferred deep water and is rarely seen, but the 3 other species can be seen while diving or snorkeling. Most can be seen on the Curacao Real and fake turtle and the green turtle. The leatherback turtle rather preferred the deeper waters.

True and Caribbean or Atlantic Turtle

The hawksbill turtle is an endangered species. It reaches a size of max. 90 cm and can reach up to 75 kg.

Life expectancy: 30-40 years

Sexually mature after 3-4.5 years

Approximately 96-177 lays eggs the turtle

In the real turtle the horn plates of armor overlap each other and make a genuine tortoiseshell the most valuable form of coveted raw material for Crafts and decorative objects. The head of the animals is very narrow. The adults are generally black to dark brown and have yellowish and light brown, sometimes reddish spots and bands on.

In 1784 a pound tortoise in Amsterdam cost 6-15 guilders. 1895 were sold in Hamburg 9305 kg of DM 350 000.. From a fully grown turtle there are just 2.5 kg tortoiseshell.


Loggerhead turtle

Carapace up to 120 cm long

Weight max. 110 kg

Unlike the real turtle: She has a thicker head with powerful jaws and has 5 instead of 4 ribs few signs


Green Turtle (green sea turtle)

The green turtle is also endangered and can no longer be consumed. The green turtle encountered most frequently when snorkeling. Hold also like near the beach on. Juveniles are carnivores and adult animals are vegetarian, but we have made other observations personally.The large green turtles be like to feed on the remains of fish the fisherman.

Green turtles were hunted for their meat for a long time, their eggs were sought. Since they can survive long without food, they served as a living example ship supplies.

The green turtle can reach a size of 140 cm. The tank can be up to 100 cm tall.

Life expectancy is about 40-50 years old and only after 10-15 years sexual maturity.


Leatherback turtle