The veranda at the Asa Wright Nature Center, one of the most storied and highly-lauded birding ecolodge destinations in the world, is a simply marvelous place. While sipping on rum punch,tea, or coffee you have the great pleasure of comfortably watching an amazing array of hummingbirds, tanagers, and a wide variety of other birds come in for their own refreshments from the feeders.

One of the most common birds at the feeders is the White-necked Jacobin, a very pretty bird with its brilliant blue hood, bright white underparts and a black-tipped white tail. And, of course, its namesake white neck, though most would probably consider the gleaming white patch on the nape more of a collar.

White-necked Jacobin vertical

Florisuga mellivora, as the White-necked Jacobin is known to Latin enthusiasts, is found from Mexico to Bolivia, and its huge range and population make it a Species of Least Concern to BirdLife International. Of course, the birds in this post were all photographed at the Asa Wright Nature Center on Trinidad which, with Tobago, is as far into the Caribbean as you are likely to find them.

White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora

White-necked Jacobin at the Asa Wright Nature Center

White-necked Jacobin

White-necked Jacobin

All of the images in this post were created with a Swarovski STX 30-70 X 95 modular spotting scope connected to a Canon EOS50D with the Swarovski TLS-APO digiscoping adapter.

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My visit to Trinidad and Tobago was sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company but the views expressed in the blog posts regarding the trip are my own. For more information about visiting Trinidad and Tobago a good place to start is the official tourism website.

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.