El Pitirre is the newsletter of the Society of
El Pitirre es el boletin informativo de la
Sociedad de la Omitologfa Caribefla.
EDrrOR: James W. Wiley. 2201 Ashland St.,
Ruston, Louisiana 71270, U.S.A.
AsSISTANT EnrroRs: Chandra Degia and
Garfield Brown. Grambling Cooperative
Wildlife Project, P.O. Box 4290, Grambling
State University, Grambling, Louisiana
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The Society of Caribbean Omrnithology is a non-profit organization
whose goals are to promote the scientific study and conservation of
Caribbean birds and their habitats, to provide a link among island
ornithologists and those elsewhere, to provide a written forum for
researchers in the region (refereed joumal-Omitologfa Caribefla,
published in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Omrnithological So-
ciety) and to provide data or technical aid to conservation groups in
La Sociedad de la Omnitologia Caribella es una organizaci6n sin
fines de lucro cuyas metas son promover el estudio cientifico y la
conservacidn de la avifauna caribeila. auspiciar un simposio anual
sobrelaomitologiacaribefia,publicar unarevisraprofesional liamada
Ornitologfa Caribefla (publicada en conjunto con la Sociedad
Ornioldgicade Puerto Rico). ser una fuente de comunicaci6n entre
onit61ogos caribeflos y en otras dreas y proveer ayuda tkcnica o
datos a grupos de conservaci6n en el caribe.
FmsT RECORD OF EASTERN WooD-PEWEE, CmroPUS VwRENS
(AyEs, TYRANNIDAE), IN THE VLtcG IsLANDS.
Fred W. Sladen ..................................................................... 2
REVIEw: "ENDANGERED & ENDFMac BIRns OF nm DOMINICAN
REPUBUC," BY ANNABELLm S. Doo .................................... 2
ANNUAL SCO MEETNoG, JULY 30-AUGUST 8, 1993, PLAYA
GIRON. CUBA .................................................................... ....... 3
LEaTER TO IsLAND REPRESENTATES. Patricia Bradley ............... 4
THE 5TH SYM.OSiUM ON TIE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE BAHAMAS .... 4
M ETNrI os oF INTEREST................................................................. 4
Pitirre. Gray Kingbird. Pestigre, Petchary
FIRST RECORD OF EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, CONTOPUS VIRENS (AVES, TYRANNIDAE),
IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
FRED W. SLADEN
P.O. Box 706, New London, New wlanmpshire 03257, USA.
On 9 October 1986, in a small mangrove swamp north of
on a dead branch about 2.5-3 m above the ground, occa-
sionally flitting out to capture an insect, and then returning to
the branch in typical pewee fashion. After retrieving a camera
from my car. I was unable to relocate the bird.
On 12 October, Roland Wauer joined me in looking for this
bird. It was relocated at the same location in a stand of white
mangroves at about one hour past sunrise. Waner confirmed
that the bird was an Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens).
This individual perched quietly in an erect posture and had a
"crested" appearance. The throat, lower belly, and undertail
coverts were white, whereas the breast and sides were dusky.
The upper belly was pale yellow where the dusky of the sides
almost met. There was no eye-ring and the wing bars were
pale buffy. The tail was moderately forked. The bill was black
with apale areaat the baseof the lower mandible. The legs and
feet were black and the iris dark.
Two Contopusspecies are found in the region. The G reater
Antillean Pewee (Contopus caribaeus). found in the Bahama
Islands, Cuba, Isle ofPines,Jamaica, Hispaniola, andGonave
Island (Bond 1985), is accidental on Mona Island, Puerto
and virens are (1) virens has wing bars, whereas caribaeus
does not; (2) virens' underparts are white to yellow, whereas
the underparts of caribaeus are gray with a buffy wash; and
(3) the sides of caribaeus' breast and flanks are less dusky
than those of virens. The Lesser Antillean Pewee (C.
ladtrostris), an endemic resident in the western two-thirds of
Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, and St.
Lucia (Bond 1985), has ochraceous underparts and no wing
Eight species of the family Tyrannidae have been recorded
in the Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands region (Philibosian and
Yntema 1977). Only two species have been recorded on SL
Cmix: Gray Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis) and Carib-
bean Elaenia (Elaenia martinica). This occurrence of an
Eastern Wood-Pewee is the first for the eastern part of the
West Indies and brings the Puerto Rico and Virgin Island
total of Tyrannidae species to nine.
Bond (1985) gives the winter range of the Eastern Wood-
Pewee as chiefly limited to Central America, but also ex-
tending through the islands of the western Caribbean (i.e.,
Cuba. Isle of Pines. Jamaica. Grand Cayman, Swan Islands,
Isla San Andres, and Albuquerque Cay) (24 August-4
November 26 March-22 April), and the Bahama Islands
(15 October-1 November). One record exists east of Cuba
in Barbados(AmericanOrnithologists' Union 1983), although
no details are available. This is the first record for the Puerto
Rico-Virgin Islands region and brings the regional total of
Tyrannidae species to nine.
I thank Ro Wauer for his help in identifying this bird and
for reviewing an earlier version of the manuscript.
American Ornithologists' Union. 1983. Check-list of
North American birds. 6th edition. American
Bond, J. 1985. Birds of the West Indies. Houghton Mifflin
Co., Boston, Massachusetts.
Philibosian, R., and J. Yntema. 1977. Annotated checklist
of the birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians of the
Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Information Services,
Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Raffaele, H.A. 1989. A guide to the birds of Puerto Rico
and the Virgin Islands. Princeton Univ. Press,
Princeton. New Jersey.
ENDANGERED & EsNQ Inc BIans OP THE DosMNIC,AN REPUJ-
uc, by Annabelle S. Dod. Cypress House Press, California.
Illustrated. 207pp. ISBN 1-879384-124. Paperback: $12.00.
This volume is a product of Annabelle ("Tudy") Dod's
observations of birds in the Dominican Republic over almost
20 years while she and her husband. Don, resided in that
country. In her Introduction. Ms. Dod summarizes earlier
ornithological work in the country. In a chapter titled "The
Origin of the Species," Tudy relates how she and Don moved
to the Dominican Republic in the fall of 1964 andsomeof the
adventures they have had on their expeditions. The main
body of the book consists of accounts of 39 rare or endemic
birds species of the Dominican Republic. Several of these
stories appeared in Ms. Dod's excellent series in the supple-
ment section of the Santo Domingo newspaper, El Cadbe.
Each species is illustrated with a black-and-white drawing or
photograph and information is presented on the species'
status and distribution. However. the charm of these accounts
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comes from Tudy's recollectionsof her personal experiences
with the species. Many of the Dod's adventures include their
close friend and another expert on the avifauna of the Do-
minican Republic. Dr. George B. Reynard.
Tudy's ornithological accomplishments in the Domini-
can Republic are many, and her persistence as a pioneer and
c champion of conservation is evident throughout her stories.
Here she tells of how she and Don relentlessly tracked down
the elusive Stygian Owl (Asio srygius), their re-discovery of
the Least Pauraque (Siphonorhis brewsteri). and the dis-
covery of a new race of Chat Tanager (Calyptophitlus
frugivorus neibae). Through each of the accounts, Ms. Dod
imparts new information on the little-known birds of the
Dominican Republic. She tells of the apartmeni-style nesting
of the Palm Chat (Dulus dominicus), the only representative
of a family found nowhere else. She describes the interesting
behavior of the little-known White-necked Crow (Corvus
leucognaphalus), now extirpated from Puerto Rico and found
only in the Dominican Republic. We learn of myths sur-
rounding some of the country's birds, including the
campesinos' prejudicesagainst the Common Potoo (Nycdbius
gris) and Stygian Owl. both of which are considered witches
by country people. The final story is not of a bird at all. but of
the strange Hispaniolan solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus). A
glossary of terms (mostly Spanish) is followed by a list of
birds of the Dominican Republic with their status in the
For those of us who have spent time in the field with the
Dods, the book will bring back memories of the long rough
drives in their Volkswagon bus to Zapotdn and Sierra de
Neiba, as well as the interesting working relationship of this
unique couple. For others, it will allow them to accompany
the Dods on their travels through the Dominican Republic in
search of its little-known avifauna. I recommend it as much
for these charmingly told tales as for the information presented
on the country's birds.-James W. Wiley.
ANNUAL SCO MEETING
JuLt 30-Auoust 8. 1993
PLAYA GRON, CUBA
The annual meeting of the Society of Caribbean Ornmithology
will be held at PlayaG iron. nearZapata Swamp. in Cuba from
August 1-6,1993. Travel dates from Florida to Cuba and back
will be July 30 and August 8 or 9, 1993. All travel for United
States citizens will be handled by Marazul To urs Inc. (250 W.
57 St.. Suite 1311. New York, New York 10107; telephone
212-582-9570, outside NY state 800-223-5334, FAX 212-
The working languages for the conference will be English
and Spanish. No simultaneous interpretation will be provided.
Two workshops will be conducted, "Cuban and other
Columbid Populations." and "Avian Conservation in the
Cari bbean." Abs tracts for papers should be submit ttd to Jim
Wiley, 2201 Ashland St., Ruston. Louisiana 71270. USA.
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The format for abstracts is available on request
The travel and meeting schedule is as follows:
July 30 Check-in at 6:00 A,M. at Haiti Trans Air ticket
counter at Miami International Airport for charter flight
which departs at 8:30 A.M. Arrive Josd Marti Airport, Ha-
vana, at 9:30 A.M. Charter carrier will collect $23 (U.S.
departure tax and Cuban landing fee) from each participant at
August 8 Scheduled check-in at 9:00 A.M. in Havana. De-
parts 11:30 A.M. Arrive Miami 12:30 P.M.
Thereare flights(excepton Saturdays) in the morning from
Miami to Havana and at mid-day from Havana to Miami.
Marazul may be able to accommodate alternative arrange-
Friday, July 30 Arrival. Transfer to Havana hotel.
Saturday, July 31 Free day in Havana.
Sunday, August 1 Departure for Zapata Swamp.
Registration and Welcome Reception.
Monday, August 2 Opening Ceremony.
Tuesday, August 3 Paper sessions/Business Meeting.
Wednesday, August 4 Paper sessions.
Thursday, August 5 Columbid and Avian Conservation
Closing Ceremony and Farewell Dinner.
Friday, August 6 Optional Excursions.
Return to Havana.
Saturday, August 7 Free day in Havana.
Sunday, August 8 Departure.
Program Costs (paid to Marazul Tours. Inc.):
Arrangements include round-trip airfare from Miami to Ha-
vana. visa, accommodations in Havana and Playa Giron
(Zapata Swamp), breakfast and one meal daily, transfers, and
transportation to and from the Zapata Swamp.
S720 per person in single room
S650 per person in double room
Land arrangements only (excluding round-trip airfare from
Miami and visa fee):
$520 per person in single room S450 per person in
Conference Registration Fee (to be paid on arrival in Ha-
vana): S70 per person. There will be additional fees for the
banquet and field trips, Presently. their costs are unknown,
but should be similar to fees charged at past SCO meetings.
Participants should be prepared to pay their registration fee
and additional fees in cash. No personal checks or credit
cards (from U.S. banks) will be accepted.
For registration forms, please contact Marazul Tours (ad-
dress and telephone numbers above). Space is limited. so do
not wait until the last minute.
We hope to see you in Cuba!
LETTER TO ISLAND REPRESENTATIVES
The Society of Caribbean Ornithology is putting together
rinal plans for the programme for the Cuba meeting (1-5
August 1993). I am writing to remind you that, as the
representative of your island, it is very important for the
success of this meeting, and the planning of future meetings.
that you come to Cuba.
There will be a workshop, suggested title "Avian Con-
servation in the Caribbean," as well as a Columbid workshop
focusing on legislation and enforcement needs. Thus, the
thrust of the meeting is a strong conservation message,
supported by the paper sessions. We propose developing a
regional strategy for conservation needs to ensure projects
have a greater degree of continuity from year to year.
We urge that you come prepared to discuss the problems
of your territory and to bring a feasible project relevant to
local needs which the Society can support and which you and
local members can implement.
THE 5TH SYMPOSIUM ON THE NATURAL
HISTORY OF THE BAHAMAS
JUNE 11-14 1993
BAHAsAN FIELD STATION
SAN SALVADOR, BAHAMAS
The objectives of this Symposium are:
to provide a forum for the presentation of the results of
current natural scientific research being conducted
throughout the Bahama archipelago.
to provide an informal setting for the stimulation of
contacts and cooperation between scientists working in
the Bahamas and similar areas.
to promote the growth of knowledge in the general area
of Bahamian terrestrial and marine sciences.
The format of the Symposium will consist of mornings and
evenings devoted to papers and discussions, with afternoons
spent on field trips. The papers will be published in a
Symposium Proceedings volume. One or more poster ses-
sions are also planned.
For further information, contact:
Dr. Donald T. Ge race
Bahamian Field Station. Ltd.
P.O. Box 2488
Port Charlotte. FL 33949
MEETINGS OF INTEREST
7-12 June 1993 The Society for the Preservation or
Natural History Collections, annual meeting. Royal British
Columbia Museum. Victoria, British Columbia. (Grant
Hughes, Royal British Columbia Museum, 675 Believille
SL.Victoria, British Columbia. V8V IX4, Canada. Telephone;
12June 1993-Symposium on Archives in Natural History
Couections, at The Society for the Preservation of Natural
History Collections conference. (Liz Taylor, Royal British
Columbia Museum. Telephone: 604-387-3701 or 604-356-
8-13 June 1993 The American Ornithologists' Union,
Fairbanks. Alaska. U.S.A. (Edward C. Murphy, Institute of
Arctic Biology, University of Alaska. Fairbanks, Alaska
11-14 June 1993 The 5th Symposium on the Natural
History of the Bahamas, Bahamian Field Station, San Sal-
vador, Bahama Islands. (Dr. Donald T. Gerace, Executive
Director, Bahamian Field Station, Ltd.. P.O. Box 2488, Port
Charlotte,Florida33949, U.S.A.Telephone: 813-743-7954).
24-30 July 1993 Animal Behavior Society, University of
California. Davis, California, U.S.A. (Benjamin Hart, De-
partment of Physiology, School of Veterninary Medicine,
University of California. Davis, California 95616, U.S.A.).
1-6 August 1992-The Society of Caribbean Ornithology,
Cienaga de Zapata, Cuba. (Catherine Levy, 2 Starlight Ave.,
Kingston 6, Jamaica).
15-21 August 1993 International Union of Game Bi-
ologists XXI Congress, Halifax, Canada. Theme. "Forest/
Wildlife and Biodiversity...Toward the 21st Century." (I)D.
Thompson, Forestry Canada. Box 6028, St. John's, New-
foundland, Canada AIC 5X8. Telephone: 709-772-4903.
fax: 709-772-2576 [Canada code= I).
15-21 August 1993 Asia-Pacific Symposium on Man-
grove Ecosystems. Hong Kong. (Linda Yam, Conference
SecretariaLt Research Centre. Hong Kong University of
Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay. Kowloon, Hong
10-12 September 1993 Association of Field Ornitholo-
gists annual meeting, Shoals Marine Laboratory, offshore
from Portsmouth. New Hampshire. (Greg Butcher. Ameri-
can Birding Association, P.O. Box 251. Eta., New York
13062. Telephone: 607-254-2412),
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19-25 September 1993 International Wildlife Manage.
ment Congress, San Jose, Costa Rica. (IWMC Secretarial,
The Wildlife Society. 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda,
Maryland 20814-2197, U.S.A.. Telephone: 301-897-9770).
6-10 October 1993 Colonial Waterbird Society annual
meeting, Le Sambuc, France. (David Neuleship. Canadian
Wildlife Service. P.O. Box 1006. Dartmouth, NS, B2Y4A2,
Canada. Telephone: 902-426-3274).
26-29 October 1993-Workshop on the UseofMistNets to
Monitor Bird Populations. Tomales Bay, California. (C.J.
Ralph, U.S. Forest Service, Redwood Sciences Laboratory,
1700 Bayview Drive. Arcata, California 95521, U.S.A.
mid-June 1994-Second Mesoamerican Workshop on the
Conservation and Management of Macaws. Costa Rica.
(Center for the Study of Tropical Birds, Inc.. 218 Conway
Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78209-1716. FAX: 512-828-5911).
26 June 1994-The American Ornithologists' Union, The
Cooper Ornithological Society, and The Wilson Orni-
thological Society, joint meeting. University of Moniama,
Missoula, Montana, U.S.A.
24-30 July 1994 Animal Behavior Society. University of
Washington, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. (James C. Ha,
Regional Primate Reseaxch Center, University of Washing-
ton, 1-421 Health Sciences Building. Seattle, Washington
20-25 August 1994 XXI International Ornithological
Congress. Hofburg, Vienna. Austria. (Interconvention,
Friedrichstrasse 7, A-1450 Vienna. Austria.Telephone +43-
ENDANGERED & ENDEMIC BIRDS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
ANNABELLE S. DOD
In this charming book that makes us feel as though we were in the forest accompanying her, Mrs. Dod gathers
the tales, myths, and scientific facts about the birds of the Dominican Republic, creating an ornithological
document as well as a cultural treasure in one volume. Says Robert Arbib of American Birds, "Your stories about
the endangered and endemic birds of Hispaniola are most interesting. They are a good mixture of popular and
scientific facts, which makes for good educational material, Keep up the good work."
ISBN 1-879384-12-4. $12.00 paperback + $150 postage.
Please make checks payable to Annabelle S. Dod, at 2001 Woolsey St., Berkeley, California 94705, U.S.A.
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,4;@ VFlorida Ornithological Society Special Publication No. 5
WEST INDIAN BIRD RECORDS IN AMERICAN BIRDS AND AUDUBON FIELD NOTES
(1947-1990): SPECIES INDEX BY ISLANDS
Robert W. Loftin
This is a taxonomically arranged species index to records of birds from 125 islands and keys of the West
Indies (including Bermuda) published in American Birds and its predecessor Audubon Field Notes, volumes 1
through 44. Included are records from seasonal reports, articles, and photographs. Records are listed by
islands, with only records pertaining to a particular island included. Islands are listed alphabetically under
five regional headings: Bermuda, Bahama Islands, Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, and Southern Islands. An
alphabetical index to the islands, as well as an index of Christmas Bird Counts are appended.
1992, 90pp. Paper.
Copies are available at $8.00 (USD) plus $1.00 for shipping and handling from Jim Wiley, Society of Carib-
bean Ornithology, 2201 Ashland SL, Ruston, Louisiana 71270, U.S.A.
THE SOCIETY OF CARIBBEAN ORNITHOLOGY
President: Catherine Levy. 2 Starlight Ave.. Kingston 6, Jamaica
Vice President: Dr. Joseph Wunderle, Jr., InstituLt of Tropical Forestry. P.O. Box B. Palmer, Puerto Rico 00721
Secretary: Ms. Patricia F. Bradley. Government House. Turks and Caicos Islands, West Indies
Treasurer Dr. Rosemarie Gnam. 23 Mount Vernon Ave.. Alexandria. Virginia 22301, U.S.A.
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