Birds of Indian Subcontinent

Status and Breeding of Caribbean Coot in the Netherlands Antilles

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2005
Authors:Prins, TG, Roselaar, K(CS), Nijman, V
Journal:Waterbirds: The International Journal of Waterbird Biology
Date Published:2005
ISBN Number:15244695
Keywords:Aruba, Caribbean, Fulica, Fulica atra, Fulica caribaea, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Rallidae
Abstract:The Caribbean Coot (Fulica caribaea) is endemic to the Caribbean region where it is uncommon to rare. Little is known about its breeding biology. From museum specimens, archives and correspondence, we document 134 records for Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, from the years 1955-2004, and map their distribution. The islands are arid and rainfall can be unpredictable but with the establishment of permanent fresh water ponds since the 1970s, the Caribbean Coot appears to have become more common. We recorded 68 cases of breeding for the three islands. Although breeding can occur in almost any month, there is a clear preponderance for birds to breed in the first few calendar months of the year, approximately three months after the annual peak in rainfall.
Short Title:Waterbirds: The International Journal of Waterbird Biology
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