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Title: El Pitirre
Uniform Title: Pitirre (Camarillo, Calif.)
Abbreviated Title: Pitirre (Camarillo Calif.)
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Wiley, James W
Wiley, James W
Society of Caribbean Ornithology
Society for the Study of Caribbean Ornithology
Publisher: Society for the Study of Caribbean Ornithology
Place of Publication: Camarillo Calif
Camarillo, Calif
Publication Date: 1990
Frequency: bimonthly
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Subject: Ornithology -- Periodicals -- Caribbean Area   ( lcsh )
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Language: In English, with some Spanish.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan.-Feb. 1988)-
Dates or Sequential Designation: Ceased in 2002.
Numbering Peculiarities: Vol. 1, no. 3 covers the period May-Aug. 1988.
Issuing Body: Newsletter of the Society for the Study of Caribbean Ornithology, Jan/Feb.-Mar./Apr. 1988; the Society of Caribbean Ornithology, May/Aug. 1988-
General Note: Editor, 1988- James W. Wiley.
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 15, no. 1 (spring 2002) (Surrogate)
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EL PFITRRE


El PiFtie is the newsletter of the
Society of Caribbean Ornithology.

El Pittirre es el boletfn informatlvo de
la Sociedad de la Ornltologfa Canribeia.

EDITOR: James W. Wiley, 1863
Ciprian Avenue, Camarillo, California
93010.

News, comments or requests should be
mailed to the editor for inclusion in the
newsletter.

Noticias, comentarios o peticiones
deben ser enviadas a] editor para
inclusion elci boletfn.


Pitirre, Gray Kingbird, PesUtge, Pelchary


The Society of Caribbean Ornithology is a non-profit organization whose goals
are to promote the scientific study and conservation of Caribbean birds and Iheir
habitats, to provide a link among island ornithologists and those elsewhere, to
provide a written forum for researchers in the region (refereed Journal--Ornitologfa
Caribeia, published in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Ornithological Society)
and to provide data or technical aid to conservation groups in the Caribbean.


La Sociedad de la Ornitologfa Caribeia es una organizaci6n sin fines de lucro
cuyas metas son promover el studio cientffico y la conservacidn de la avifauna
caribefia, auspiciar un simposio anual sobre la ornitologfa caribe ia, publicar una
revista professional Rlamada Ornitologra Canribefa (publicada en conjunto con la
Sociedad Ornilol6gica de Puerto Rico), ser una fuente de comunicaci6n entre
ornit6logos caribefos y en otras ireas y proveer ayuda tkcnica a datos a grupos de
conservaci6n en el caribe.


CONTENTS


LA TORTOLA STREPTOPELIA DECAOCTO (AVES:
COLUMBIDAE) EN CUBA. Orlando H. Garrido
yArturoKirkconnell ........................................ 2
REDUCED AOU MEMBERSHIP RATES...................... 2

REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE ................................. 2

NEW BOOKS AVAILABLE .................................. 3

ANNOUNCEMENTS ......................................... 3

OPPORTUNITIES ............................................... 3


MEETINGS OF INTEREST


................................... 3







LA TORTOLA STREPTOPELIA
DECAOCTO (AVES: COLUMBIDAE) EN
CUBA

ORLANDO H. GARRIDO Y ARTURO
KIRKCONNELL
Museo Nacional de Historia Natural
La Habana, Cuba
A partir de la d6cada del 30 Ia T6rtola EurasiAtica,
Streptopelia decaocto Frivaldsaky, 1852, comenz6
una explosion demografica que Ia liev6 a dispersarse
en poco tiempo por toda Europa y el norte de Africa.
La especie fue traida por el hombre al continente
Americano. En 1974 escaparon algunos individuos
de un aviario de Nassau, Bahamas, y otros fueron
liberados intencionalmente. Ya en 1975 se obser-
varon las primeras parejas criando en estado silvestre
y, a partir de esa fecha la dispersi6n de esta t6rtola en
otras islas de las Bahamas no se hizo esperar.
La fecha de su entrada a los cayos del sur de la
Florida, asf como en la propia peninsula, no puede
establecerse con seguridad debido a que esta paloma
fu6, y es confundida con la T6rtola Dom6stica,
Streptopelia risoria. Streplopelia decaocto se infor-
m6 criando por primera vez en 1980 en los cayos de
Isla Morada y a parlir de esa fecha se ha expandido
su distribuci6n a muchas Areas de la peninsula de la
Florida (Smith 1987).
A la cafda de la larde del 11 de marzo de 1990,
Alexander y Orlando Garrido, mientras atendian el
palomar de la casa de uno de nosotros (Garrido) en
un barrio de la ciudad de La Habana, a 1,300 m del
litoral encontraron una t6rtola que habia bajado a
comer al patio. EI autor principal comprob6 el
hallazgo, que result ser la T6rlola Euroasialica. La
paloma permaneci6 en el lugar hasta el anochecer y
durmi6 en un arbol cercano.
Durante los tres dfas siguientes la (6rtola visit6 el
mismo patio, al menos en horas de la tarde.
Esta t6rtola, que es muy parecida a Streptopelia
risona, la que no vive en Cuba en estado silvestre, es
algo mayor, de coloracidn mis obscura y poseedora
de un vuelo rdpido, semejante al de la Paloma
Aliblanca Zenaida asiatica.
Es interesante traer a colaci6n el informe que un
afio antes hiciera a Kirkconnell un trabajador de Cayo
Coco (a[ norte de la provincia de Ciego de Avila)
sobre tres t6rtolas grises observadas alli en los
alrededores de un palomar. Aunque hasta el presence
este informe permanence como hipot6tico, constituye
el primer record de esta t6rtola en nuestro territorio.

LITERATURA CITADA
CRAMP, S., & K.E.L SIMMONS. 1985. Hand-
book of the birds of Europe, the Middle East,
and North Africa. Vol. IV Oxford Univ.
Press, Oxford.
Page 2


Stnplfopia decaocro cv Cuba (Condinud)

FISHER, J. 1953. The Collared Turtle Dove in
Europe. Br. Birds 46:153-181.
SMITH, PW. 1987. The Eurasian Collared-Dave
arrives in the Americas. Am. Birds 41(5):
1370-1379.



Reduced Membership Rates to the American
Ornithologists' Union

To increase the number of members of the
American Ornithologists' Union (A.O.J.) outside of
North America, the A.O.U. has begun charging
membership fees based on the geographic location of
the member. The membership fed for everyone
living in Mexico, Central America, South America,
and the Caribbean islands (including the U.S. Virgin
Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico),
now is US$18.00 per year (before it was
US$35.00). The Auk will be sent by surface mail
unless the member pays an extra fee of US$30.00
for air mail. To become a member of the A.O.U.,
send a letter with your address and US$18.00 to:
Ornithological Societies of North America
P.O. Box 1897
Lawrence, Kansas 66044-8897
U.S.A.
Visa and MasterCard also are accepted.
Para aumentar el nilmero de socios del American
Ornithologists' Union (A.O.U.) fuera de Norte
America, la A.O.U. ha comenzado cobrar una cuota
de socio basado en el pafs en que se ubica el socio.
La cuota de socio para todos que viven en M6xico,
Amrica Central, America del Sur, y las islas de
Caribe (incluso Puerto Rico y las Islas Virgenes de
los .E.U.U. y Ingletera), ahora es UJS.$18.00 por
afo (antes US$35"00). The Auk sera enviado por
correo maritimo a menos que el socio pague cuota
extra de US$30,00 por correo atreo. Para llegar a
ser un socio del A. O.U., envie Ud. una carta con su
dirrecci6n y su giro bancara de US$18.00 a:
Ornithological Societies of North America
P.O. Box 1897
Lawrence, Kansas 66044-8897
U.S.A.
Tambien aceptan Visa y MasterCard.



Requests for Assistance
Photographs needed: I would be very grateful to
receive any close-up photographs or transparencies
of Greater Antillean Pewees (Contopuscaribaeus)


El Pitirre Vol. 3, No. 4






Requcsis far Assistance (Conminued)


from the Dominican Republic or Haili, particularly,
and also from Cuba, the Bahama Islands, or
Jamaica. Please write:
Dr. George B. Reynard
105 Midway St.
Riverton, New Jersey 08077
U.S.A.
Field Guides Needed: Bill Murphy would like to
purchase copies of Richard ffrench's "Guide to the
Birds of Trinidad and Tobago." The guides will be
used for his guided bird tours to the islands. If you
have a copy you are willing to pan with, please
contact:

William L Murphy
7202 Mathew Street
Greenbelt, Maryland 20770
U.S.A.




New Books Available
Birds of Jamaica, by Society members Audrey
C. Downer and Robert Sutton, is now available for
about U.S.$20.00 from Cambridge University Press
(Press Syndicate of University of Cambridge, 40 W.
20th SL, New York, New York 10011, U.SA.).
The field guide is illustrated with excellent
photographs by Yves-Jacques Rey-Millet.


Those members who saw Robert and Esther
Tyrrell's beautiful slide show at the Society's
Jamaica meeting as well as the many island biologists
who helped this husband and wife team in obtaining
information and photographs will be pleased to learn
that the Tyrrell's new hummingbird book is now
available. The 238 page Hummingbirds of the
Caribbean is published by Crown Publishers, Inc.,
and can be ordered from
R.A. Tyrrell
P.O. Box 5926
El Monte, California 91734-1926
U.S.A.
for U.S.$40.00, plus $2.50 postage for the United
States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Postage will be higher to other countries and it is
suggested that non-United States residents write to
the above address to get an estimate of postage cost.


Announcements
The Library of Natural Sounds will conduct a
workshop on recording bird sounds, 8-15 June
1991, at San Francisco State University's Sierra
Nevada Field Research Station. The course will
consist of field recording and lecture sessions, and
will use microcomputer based software to analyze
recordings and performance of equipment. Topics to
be covered are selection and application of recorders
and microphones, recording theory, and techniques,
metering, and documentation for sound recordings.
Participants may obtain 2 college credit hours, at
$60/hr, through San Francisco State's Biology
Department. The course fee is $550, including
rustic, but comfortable lodging. Participation limited
to 16, enrollment first-come first-served. A non-
refundable deposit of $100 reserves a space; balance
due by 17 May. VISA or MasterCard accepted.
Participants must have their own recording
equipment. For details, contact Greg Budney,
Laboratory of Natural Sounds, Comell Laboratory of
Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca,
New York 14850, U.S.A.; telephone: 607-254-
2404.
Dr. David Blockstein received a grant from the
Conservation Small Grants Fund of the American
Federation of Aviculture in 1990 for his study of
Bird Conservation in Grenada.
Rare Center for Tropical Bird Conservation
received a grant from the Conservation Small Grants
Fund of the American Federation of Aviculture in
1990 for educational materials for the Lesser
Antilles.


Opportunities

An Assistant Position is available for an
individual with an interest in tropical waterfowl
ecology and conservation in a joint project between
Ducks Unlimited: Mexico, and the Center for the
Study of Tropical Birds. Duties will include field
observations and censusing of Masked Ducks in
southern Mexico during the spring of 1991.
Applicants should be able to communicate in Spanish
and have some prior field experience, preferably with
waterfowl. No stipend is available, but travel and
food and lodging expenses are provided. For
additional information, contact The Center for the
Study of Tropical Birds, Inc., 218 Conway, San
Antonio, Texas 78209-1716, U.S.A.; Fax: 512-828-
5911.


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Opportunities (Continued)


Field Assistants needed for ongoing study of the
social breeding behavior of Carib Grackles in central
Venezuela. Positions run from June/July to
December 1991. Duties include various behavioral
observations, monitoring of nests, brood manipu-
lations, measuring and banding, and taking blood
samples. Some relevant field experience is required,
and an enthusiasm for long hours under hot and
humid conditions is essential. Expenses in
Venezuela will be covered. Send letter of interest,
resume, and references to David Lemmon,
Department of Biology, SUNY Albany, Albany,
New York 12222, U.SA.
Field Assistant wanted May-November 1991 for
a study of nest site competition among several
species of birds in Venezuela. Assistant will help
with mist netting, banding, nest watches, and
censusing. Experience with birds desirable.
Applicants should enjoy heat, mosquitos, and
slogging through mud. Living expenses in
Venezuela will be covered. Please send a letter of
interest and resume with names and telephone
numbers of 2 references by 15 February to Catherine
Lindell, Harvard University Biolabs, 16 Divinity
Ave., Cambridge, Massachussetts 02138, U.S.A.;
telephone: 617-495-8792.
Volunteer Field Assistant needed for study of
clutch size in tropical House Wrens at Monteverde,
Costa Rica, 1 April to 15 July 1991. Duties include
monitoring nest boxes for nesting activity censusing
individual birds, observing both free-living and
caged wrens, and sampling insects. Qualifications
include experience working in the field and mist-
netting small birds, as well as some Spanish and
willingness to live with a rural Costa Rican family.
Room and board, up to $500 travel expenses, plus a
fantastic working environment (i.e., guaranteed
toucan, quetzal, and monkey sightings) will be
provided. Please send letter of interest, resume, and
list of 3 references (including telephone numbers) as
soon as possible, and certainly before 1 February, to
Bruce Young, Apdo. 10165-1000, San Jos6, Costa
Rica; Fax 506-61-1104.

Two Field Assistants needed 1 April to mid-
August 1991 for a study of the effects of brood
parasitism by the Shiny Cowbird on interior forest
birds in southwestern Puerto Rico. This ongoing
research focuses on the effects of forest edges and
forest roads on parasitism rates, and on a comparison
of the anti-parasite behaviors of Black-whiskered and
Puerto Rican vireos. Study area is dry subtropical
forest. Experience identifying birds by sight and
sound preferred. Must be willing to learn native


Opportuanites (Continued)


avifauna. Transportation to and from Puerto Rico,
room and board provided. Send letter describing
qualifications and interests to Bethany L.
Woodworth, Department of Ecology, Evolution and
Behavior, University of Minnesota, 318 Church SL
S.E., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, U.S.A.;
telephone: 612-625-0611 or 612-375-9070.
Bilingual (Spanish-English) position open to
work on two projects: (1) catalyzing and assisting
North American groups to support Central and South
American conservation organizations with services,
equipment and funds; and (2) the Western
Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. Famil-
iarity with current conservation issues, a background
in biology, and experience living in Latin America
highly desirable. Good organizational and people
skills a mustL Modest salary plus free housing if
single. Starts 1 February 1991. For full job descrip-
tion, write to Latin America, MBO, Box 936,
Manomet, Massachussetts 02345, U.S.A.


Position Wanted
Peruvian Ornithologist with degree in Forestry
and Wildlife Management, currently in Manomet s
Field Biology Training Program, experienced in
studies of Psittacidae and Falconidae in Peru, is
interested in temporary position and opportunity for
graduate school. Curriculum Vitae and references
available. Can begin in late December 1991. Please
write to Alfredo J. Begazo, Manomet Bird
Observatory, Box 936, Manomet, Massachussetts
02345, U.S.A.



Meetings of Interest
14-17 January 1991 Conservacion de la
Biodiversidad Caribefia. Universidad Aut6noma
de Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, Rep6blica
Dominicana. (Michael Smith, Department of Ichthy-
ology, American Museum of Natural History,
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY
10024, U.S.A.; and Sixto J. Inchaustegui, Depart-
amento de Biologia, Universidad Aut6noma de Santo
Domingo, Santo Domingo, Rep6blica Dominicana).

21-24 March 1991 Association of Field
Ornithologists, Ohio Wesleyan University,
Delaware, Ohio, U.S.A. Featuring a symposium,
"Avian Conservation: Problems and


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Meetings (Ccnhinuvd) Meetings (Continued)


Solutions ," sponsored by the Clark Fund.
(Edward I- Bunt, Jr., Department of Biology, Ohio
Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio 43015).

22-26 March 1991 The Wildlife Society
Annual Meeting Edmonton Convention Centre,
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Harry E. Hodgdon,
Executive Director, TWS, 5410 Grosvenor Lane,
Bethesda, Maryland 20814, U.S.A.; telephone; 301-
897-9770).
22-27 March 1991 56th North American
Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference,
Edmonton Convention Centre, Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada. (LL. Williamson, Wildlife Management
Institute, Suite 725, 1101 14th St N.W., Washing-
ton, D.C. 20005, U.S.A.; telephone: 202-371-
1808).
16-19 April 1991 Management for Biotic
Diversity Workshop, Fort Collins, Colorado,
U.S.A. (Richard L. Knight or Luke George,
Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology,
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
80521, U.SA.; telephone: 303-491-6714).
26-28 April 1991 Eastern Bird Banding
Association will hold its annual meeting at the
Sheridan Inn, Wilmington, Delaware. Host organiza-
tions include the Delaware Museum of Natural
History and the Delaware Nature Society.
6-11 May 1991 -Society for the Preservation
of Natural History Collections, hosted by the
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario,
Canada. (G.R. Fitzgerald, Canadian Museum of
Nature, Earth Sciences (Paleobiology), P.O. Box
3443, Station D, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1P
6P4).

15-19 May 1991 Joint annual meetings of the
Cooper and Wilson Ornithological
Societies, University of Oklahoma, Norman,
Oklahoma, U.S.A. (Gary D. Schnell, Local Com-
mittee; Richard N. Conner, Scientific Program
Committee, U.S. Forest Service, P.O. Box 7600,
S.EA. Station, Nacagdoches, Texas 75962,
U.S.A.).

16-18 May 1991 The Association of
Systematic Collections, Texas A&M University,
College Station, Texas, U.S.A. Features a work-
shop on "Biodiversity and Collections." (ASC, 730
11th St. N.W, Second Floor, Washington, D.C.
20001, U.S.A.; telephone; 202-347-2850).
19-23 May 1991 Third Annual Conference of


the Society for Ecological Restoration, Orlan-
do, Florida, U.S.A. Features special session on the
tropics. Deadline for abstracts 15 January 1991.
(Society for Ecological Restoration, 1207 Seminole
Highway, Madison, -Wisconsin 53711, U.S.A.;
telephone: 608-262-9547).
18-23 June 1991 Second Symposium on
Zoology, La Habana, Cuba. (Sr. Rafael Alayo,
Second Symposium on Zoology, Palacio de las
Convenciones, Apartado 16046, La Habana, Cuba).
3-7 August 1991 The Society of Caribbean
Ornithology, St. Lucia, Lesser Antilles. (Jorge
Moreno, P.O. Box 5887, San Juan, Puerto Rico
00906; or James Wiley, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, Southwest Research Group, 2140 Eastman
Ave., #100, Ventura, California 93003, U.S.A.).

6-11 August 1991 American Federation of
Aviculture, San Diego, California, U.S.A. (AFA,
P.O. Box 56218, Phoenix, Arizona 85079-6218,
U.S.A.).

13-17 August 1991 109th Stated Meeting of
the American Ornithologists' Union,
Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Dr. David Bird, Box
193, Mac-Donald Campus, McGill University, Ste.
Anne De Bellevue, PQ H9X 1CO, Canada;
Telephone 514-457-2000).
13-16 September 1991 Ornithological Atlas
Conference. (Hugh Kingery, Zoology Depart-
ment, Denver Museum of Natural History, 2001
Colorado Blvd., Denver, Colorado 80205, U.S.A)
24-30 November 1991 IV Neotropical
Ornithology Congress, Quito, Ecuador,
(Humberto Alvarez-Lopez, President; Nancy Hilgert
de Benavides, Local Arrangements Committee,
Corporaci6n Omitol6gia del Ecuador, Casilla 9068 S-
7, Quito, Ecuador. Telephone: [593-2]-240-642).

27 March 1 April 1992 57th North American
Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference,
Charolette, North Carolina, U.S.A.
9-12 April 1992 The Wilson Ornithological
Society will meet with the Florida Ornithological
Society at Kissimmee, Florida, U.S.A

13-18 June 1992 The Animal Behavior
Society, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario,
Canada. (L. Ratcliffe or P. Colgan, Department of
Biology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3N6 Canada).


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Meetings. (Calinued)


Meeting (Cononued)


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Meceings (Continued)


22-25 June 1992 Society of Avian
Paleontology and Evolution (SAPE) will hold
its third symposium at the Forschun institute
Senckenberg m Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Those who wish to participate and to receive the next
circular of information should notify D.S. Peters,
Senckenberg Museum, Senckenberg-Anlage 25, D-
6000 Frankfurt/M, Germany.


THE SOCIETY OF CARIBBEAN
ORNITHOLOGY


President:






Secretary:





Treasurer


Jorge A. Moreno
Chief of rlbestrial Ecology
Scientific Research Area
Department ofNaturalResources
Aparado 5887
Puerta de '7erra, Puerto Rico 00906

Dr. Alexander Cruz
Department of EPO Biology
University of Colorado
Campus Box B-334
Boulder, Colorado 80309

Allan Keith
P.O. Box 325
New Vernon, New Jersey 07976


Board of Govemrors:
Jos6 Coi6n
PO. Box 23163
UPR Station
Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico 00931

Anne Haynes-Sutton
Marshall's Pen
P.O. Box 58
Mandeville, Jamaica

FredSladen
PO. Box 706
New London
New Hampshire 03257

Tbmisa Vargas Mora
Secretatfa de Agricultura
Secci6n de Vida Silvestre
Santo Domingo
Repfiblica Dominicana

Ronald Wauer
202 Padre Lane
Victoria, Thxas 77901

Dr. James WIley
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southwest Research Group
2140 Eastman Ave., Suite 100
lentura, California 93003


Please advise the editor of changes in addresses.


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