Birder's Guide

MAR 2017

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Birding Puerto Rico 66 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2017 in Puerto Rico. These endemics include species that inhabit a variety of disparate habitats. Some are endangered, threat- ened, or simply difficult to locate, so it requires no small amount of skill and luck to see all of them on a single trip. On the other hand, it would be dif- ficult to avoid seeing Bananaquit, Gray Kingbird, Greater Antillean Grackle, Ze- naida Dove, Pearly-eyed Thrasher, and Red-legged Thrush. All are ubiquitous and conspicuous. And if one spends much time along a coastline, seeing a Magnificent Frigatebird is almost as- sured. Thus, these birds, as well as oth- ers that can be readily seen in the U.S., are not highlighted in the site descrip- tions within this article. The endangered Puerto Rican Par- rot (the only remaining native parrot in the U.S.) is the rarest and most famous of the endemics. Once widespread and abundant, by the time it was listed as endangered in 1967, there were fewer than 100 remaining in the wild, and that number eventually fell to 13. Cap- TABLE 1 • Puerto Rican Endemics Puerto Rican Parrot Puerto Rican Lizard-Cuckoo Puerto Rican Screech-Owl Puerto Rican Nightjar Green Mango Puerto Rican Emerald Puerto Rican Tody Puerto Rican Woodpecker Puerto Rican Flycatcher Puerto Rican Vireo Elfin-woods Warbler Adelaide's Warbler Puerto Rican Tanager Puerto Rican Spindalis Puerto Rican Bullfinch Yellow-shouldered Blackbird Puerto Rican Oriole

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