The Status of the Black Catbird Melanoptila glabrirostris on Caye Caulker, Belize

Miller, Bruce W. and Miller, Carolyn M. (1991) The Status of the Black Catbird Melanoptila glabrirostris on Caye Caulker, Belize. Bird Conservation International, 1. pp. 283-292.

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    Abstract

    An evaluation of the relative abundance of the Black Catbird Melanoptila glabrirostris was undertaken on Caye Caulker, an offshore island along the barrier reef of Belize, Central America. Although the species is locally abundant in part of the Sian Kaàn Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, the species is facing habitat fragmentation and loss due to development, both along the Mexican coastal areas and on the island habitats in Belize. The Caye Caulker population appears to be the largest in Belize. Transects of fixed radius point counts resulted in 15.5% and mist-netting resulted in 22.4% of all birds recorded being Black Catbirds. The Neotropical migrant Grey Catbird Dumetella carolinensis apparently shares the same habitat on Caye Caulker and comprised 11.2% of all birds netted. The netted Black Catbirds were noted to have substantial fat deposits. The habitat on Caye Caulker is facing probable fragmentation from recent accelerated land speculation and development of an airstrip.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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      Unique ID or DOI: 10.1017/S095927090000063
      Publisher: Unspecified Publisher
      Keywords: Caye Caulker Black Catbird Melanoptila glabrirostris
      Subjects: (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2010 06:00
      Last Modified: 09 Feb 2011 16:29
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/700

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