The Cocrico From Tobago Is Protected And Disrespected



The beautiful Caribbean Sea has many wonderful islands and beach paradises.

Trinidad/Tobago are two sister islands in the southern sea, near the borders of South America. 

Why would anyone want to visit Tobago you might ask?  Well, to see the elusive Cocrico bird, of course. 

The Cocrico is one of three national birds of Trinidad/Tobago, along with the Scarlet Ibis and the hummingbird.  

All three of these birds are even symbolized on their coat of arms, but the native people of that island have no respect for their Cocrico.

Cocrico the national bird of tobago

The Cocrico bird can be heard loud and clear in the early morning hours, calling out to the people. 

It is almost like they are telling the humans to stop destroying this bird’s nature habitat. 

Many residents of these two islands label their national bird as a pest. 

To be fair, the bird’s cry does sound a little bit like a rooster’s call mixed with crow and turkey, and at the very least, you can say that it get’s a person’s attention.  

Do you like their morning wake up call?  

Cocricos can be found from the lowlands to the highlands, and they seem to outnumber the people. 

At the present time, Cocricos are protected, even though local farmers claim that the bird destroys their crops.  The local people hunt the birds illegally.

As humans destroy the jungles and forests of this beautiful island, the Cocricos need to compete with humans for food, which is not a good idea. 

People have guns.  In contrast to what is happening locally, tourists come to the island just to photograph this rather big and bold bird. 

cocrico tobago

If you happen to be one of the thousands of people who love birds, and you are determined to add the Cocrico picture to your collection, Tobago or Trinidad is the place for you. 

The island is quiet and pristine.  This tropical paradise is becoming more and more popular and soon the Cocrico bird will be endangered. 

A great place to stay while visiting Tobago and searching for the Cocrico is Parlatuvier Beach in Parlatuvier Bay on the north shore of the island. 

The fishing village is very small and very quaint.  The local school is on the beach. 

parlatuvier beach caribbean waters

There is only one road in and one road out. The one and only store in Parlatuvier has an apartment you can rent. 

It is relatively cheap and very clean. The lady who owns this accommodation is very nice. She will be able to tell you where to go to locate the Cocrico. 

So not only can you relax in peace and harmony with nature, but the beach is very secluded, and great for romantic walks with someone you love. 

Tobago has many mysteries to discover, and the Cocrico bird is just one. Have fun!  You will love every minute of this Caribbean dreamland.

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About the author: Robert is a former teacher and travel buff, and has spent the last 30 years travelling to different parts of the world including all over North America, South America, Africa, and Europe.  He loves trying new cultural cuisine, zip-lining through the Amazon jungle, and his cat, Twyla-Mae.

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