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RARITIES (records accepted by the Trinidad and Tobago Rare Bird Committee are provided with TTRBC numbers)
Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea): dead on beach in Trinidad
White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus): 2nd for T&T in Little Tobago
Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra): St. Giles Islands
Stripe-backed Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis): Trinidad
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea): 3rd for T&T and 5th for South America in Trinidad
Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi): immature in Trinidad
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea): 1st for T&T and 2nd for South America in Trinidad
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta): Trinidad and Tobago
Western Reef-Heron (Egretta gularis): 1st and 2nd for T&T and South America in Tobago
Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber): nesting in Trinidad
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia): 1st for T&T and New World in Tobago
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja): Trinidad
Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria): 1st for T&T in Tobago
Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
Maguari Stork (Ciconia maguari): 1st for T&T in Trinidad
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber): 4th for T&T in Trinidad
White-faced Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna viduata): 1st juveniles for T&T in Trinidad
Comb Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos): 3rd and 4th for T&T in Trinidad
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata): Trinidad
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta): 1st for T&T in Trinidad
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris): 4th for Tobago
Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis): Trinidad
Crane Hawk (Geranospiza caerulescens): 1st for T&T in Trinidad
White-tailed Hawk (Buteo albicaudatus): Trinidad
Rufous Crab-Hawk (Buteogallus aequinoctialis): Trinidad
Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus): Trinidad
Yellow-headed Caracara (Milvago chimachima): Tobago
Eurasian Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus): 1st for T&T, 2nd for South America in Trinidad
Aplomado Falcon (Falco femoralis): Trinidad
Trinidad Piping-Guan (Pipile pipile): Trinidad
Yellow-breasted Crake (Porzana flaviventer): 1st for Tobago; Trinidad
Paint-billed Crake (Neocrex erythrops): 2nd for T&T in Trinidad
Double-striped Thick-knee (Burhinus bistriatus): 1st for Tobago
Pied Lapwing (Hoploxypterus cayanus): 1st for T&T in Trinidad
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) in Trinidad
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola): 1st for T&T and South America in Tobago
Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda): Trinidad
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa): 1st for T&T and South America in Trinidad
Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica): Trinidad
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa): Trinidad
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis): Tobago
Ruff (Philomachus pugnax): Trinidad and Tobago
Wilson's Phalarope (Steganopus tricolor): 2nd for Trinidad, 3rd for T&T
Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus): Trinidad
Franklin's Gull (Larus pipixcan): 2nd and 3rd for T&T in Trinidad
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus): Tobago
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis): Trinidad
Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus): 1st for T&T in Trinidad
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus): Trinidad
Sabine's Gull (Xema sabini): 2nd for T&T and Atlantic Coast of South America in Trinidad
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto): 1st for T&T in Trinidad
Red-and-green Macaw (Ara chloropterus): Trinidad
Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao): Trinidad
Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor): 5th and additional for Tobago
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus): 2nd for T&T in Trinidad
Striped Owl (Asio clamator): Tobago
Gray-throated Leaftosser (Sclerurus albigularis): 'rediscovered' for Tobago
Straight-billed Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus picus): 2nd for Bocas Islands
Variegated Flycatcher (Empidonomus varius): Trinidad
Caribbean Martin (Progne dominicensis): 2nd for Trinidad
White-winged Swallow (Tachycineta albiventer): 1st for Tobago
Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota): Trinidad
Chestnut-sided Warbler (Dendroica pensylvanica): Trinidad
Cape May Warbler (Dendroica tigrina): 2nd for Trinidad; Tobago
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea): 1st for Bocas Islands
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus): Trinidad
Red-breasted Blackbird (Sturnella militaris): Tobago
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus): 1st for Trinidad

IDENTIFICATION ESSAYS (photographic essays of challenging identification problems)
Little Egret and Snowy Egret (Egretta garzetta and E. thula)
Green Heron and Striated Heron (Butorides virescens and B. striatus)
Sandwich Tern and Cayenne Tern (Sterna sandvicensis acuflavida and S. s. eurygnatha)
Least Tern and Yellow-billed Tern (Sterna antillarum and S. superciliarus)
Caribbean Martin and Gray-breasted Martin (Progne dominicensis and P. chalybea)

BIZARRE BIRDS (mystery birds, abnormally plumaged birds, deformed birds or bizarre bird mortalities)
'Mystery Egret' (Egretta sp.): deformed bill on Little Egret (E. garzetta) or Snowy Egret (E. thula) [comments]
'Mystery Egrets' (Egretta sp.): two possible hybrids with apparent dark feathering; one may be a white-morph
     Western Reef-Heron (E. gularis) [comments]
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis): oiled adult
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus): killed by collision with aircraft
Mystery Hawk (Buteo sp.): suspected Red-tailed Hawk (B. jamaicensis)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla): orange on face
Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus): oiled individual
Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla): deformed bill
'Mystery Gulls' (Larus sp.): suspected immature Kelp Gulls (L. dominicanus), June 2000 [comments]
Common Tern (S. hirundo): short legs with missing foot
'Mystery Tern' (Sterna / Chlidonia sp.): suspected Common Tern (S. hirundo) with odd plumage [comments]
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger): missing most of lower bill
'Mystery Tanager' (Thraupis sp.): possible hybrid Blue-gray × Palm Tanager (T. episcopus × palmarum) or
     aberrant plumaged Palm Tanager