Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Bird #19: Grey Kingbird

Common Name:  Grey Kingbird
Scientific Name: Tyrannus  dominicensis
Description: 8.5-10 inches; Grey upperparts; brownish wings and tail; grey to white underparts

Habitat: Very common bird on the island, a flycatcher, acrobatic flyer, very aggressive bird defend their territory against intruders even one bigger than themselves. I saw one ran an Osprey from WSR on afternoon. So our bird #19 is the Gray Kingbird

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Masked Duck

Nomonyx dominicus

Male in breeding plumage
Female with ducklings

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Bird #16: Shiny Cowbird

Common Name: Shiny Cowbird

Scientific Name: Molothrus bonariensis

Description: 7.5-8”; tail long; wings rounded; Adult Male: plumage black with an iridescent blueish-purple gloss. Female: plumage brownish-grey; faint supercilium or mark over eye. Juvenile: like female; yellowish wash on breast.
Shiny Cowbirds are brood parasites, the Carib Grackles is its main host locally.

Habitat: pastures, low grassy area, agricultural areas..

Statue: Very common, island wide



Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Bird #15: Carib Grackle

Common Name: Carib Grackle

Scientific Name: Quiscalus lugubris

Description: 9.5-11 inches; eyes yellow; bill black; tail V shaped. Male: Black with a glossy violet to navy-blue. Female: Charcoal; smaller than male.    

Habitat: open area, close to agricultural fields,

Statue: resident breeder; very common can be found island wide