This is another of the commoner birds of Antigua usually about 9 inches long. It is ghostly grey above and light underneath, and has a large bill and a black eye streak.

The Antiguans know the bird as 'Loggerheads'. They may often be found bordering lawns perched on a tree spotting for grasshoppers and other insects passing-by, the latter being caught in mid-air. A dive will suddenly be made and an audible click is heard as the victim is caught. Then the bird returns to its original perch. A flimsy nest is built in trees and made of slender twigs and grasses. Three or four white eggs spotted with brown are laid.

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Special thanks to the late Desmond Nicholson of the Museum of Antigua & Barbuda and Peter Duce for making this section of Antigua Nice Ltd possible!


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