About the Journal

The Journal of Caribbean Ornithology is a refereed scientific journal, produced by the non-profit society BirdsCaribbean.

The journal has now served as an important resource for ornithological research in the Caribbean for over 30 years.



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We wanted to reach out to our community and let you know that good things are happening around the Journal of Caribbean Ornithology.

First and foremost, we have been moving forward with much-needed software upgrades that will allow us to create and better manipulate a new website interface. Our goals include a much more user-friendly interface, where reviewers, authors and readers can more easily find the information they need, submit manuscripts, and receive communications from us. And so we are excited to show you our new website. While we are still working out a few small kinks and improving some aesthetics, we’re proud of the new look and feel, and hope you enjoy it as well!

We are also excited to announce that 15 years (Volume 16 in 2003 to Volume 30 in 2017) of publications from the Journal of Caribbean Ornithology have been archived as free, downloadable pdfs with accompanying metadata on our Archives Page. Some of our more “seasoned” readers and authors might remember that prior to 2003, the journal was known as El Pitirre, which officially began with Volume 1 in 1988. We are now setting out to archive Volumes 1 through 15.

Archiving entire volumes of publications requires considerable time and patience, and none of this archival work could have been possible without a steady stream of people volunteering their time to bring this to fruition. Thank you for all that you’ve done!


Next, in an effort to accelerate our publication pace, we have hired four additional staff members split between our Copy Editing and Production teams. Authors and reviewers should now expect quicker turn-around time, better communication from our end, and an even higher quality final product. Thank you to everyone for your patience of late as we train our new staff and continue to build greater momentum.

Page charges: While we continue to offer free, open access to all of our publications, we are pushing hard to take the JCO to the next level, but doing so requires a greater cost on our end that we hope to mediate with reasonable, low-cost page charges. As of January 1st, 2019, we will be instituting these charges. Please note that if you do not have the funds to pay, you will be given the opportunity to waive the fee during the manuscript submission process. We do not want fees to prevent the publication of worthy work.

With new staff and systems in place, we are anticipating a considerable number of completed publications to be added to our current Volume 31 between now and the New Year. Please check back often to read all of the great work coming out of the Caribbean!

Thank you,

The JCO Editorial Board

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Current Issue

Vol 31 (2018)

Published: 2018-08-28

Research Articles and Notes

New documentation of pine forest nesting by the Critically Endangered Bahama Oriole (Icterus northropi)

Daniel C. Stonko, Lehron E. Rolle, Latia S. Smith, Alexis L. Scarselletta, Jennifer L. Christhilf, Michael G. Rowley, Shanna S. Yates, Shelley Cant-Woodside, Leslie Brace, Scott B. Johnson, Kevin E. Omland
Abstract 446 | PDF Downloads 323

Page 1-5

A rare observation of White-collared Swift (Streptoprocne zonaris) breeding activity on Hispaniola

Neil A. Gilbert, Michelle R.A. Eshleman, Amy E. Janik, Kiera L. Kauffman, Joshua B. LaPergola
Abstract 446 | PDF Downloads 183

Page 12-16

First description of Ashy-faced Owl (Tyto glaucops) nest and first record of Ashy-faced Owl nesting in Palmchat (Dulus dominicus) nest on Hispaniola

Marta Curti, Christine D. Hayes, Thomas I. Hayes, Misael Calcaño Silven
Abstract 163 | PDF Downloads 155

Page 17-19

Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) occurrence near Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles, 2001–2008

Anthony Levesque, Pierre Yésou
Abstract 173 | PDF Downloads 129

Page 20-22

Flock size of West Indian Whistling-Ducks (Dendrocygna arborea) in Puerto Rico

Nickolas S. Goodman, Jack C. Eitniear, James T. Anderson
Abstract 157 | PDF Downloads 102

Page 23-25

Notable bird records from Hispaniola and associated islands, including four new species

Steven C. Latta, Pedro Genaro Rodríguez
Abstract 250 | PDF Downloads 134

Page 34-37

New sightings of melanistic Green Herons (Butorides virescens) in the Caribbean suggest overlooked polymorphism

Jacob R. Drucker, Ruth E. Bennett, Lila K. Fried, Mona L. Kazour, Darin J. McNeil
Abstract 133 | PDF Downloads 226

Page 38-47

Seabird surveys of globally important populations in the British Virgin Islands

Susan Zaluski, Atoya George, Clive Petrivic, Judy Pierce, Nancy Woodfield-Pascoe, Louise Soanes
Abstract 81 | PDF Downloads 64

Page 51-56

Atypical foraging habitat use by Piping Plovers (Charadrius melodus) in The Bahamas

Scott Johnson, Pamela Loring, David Jones, Shannan Yates
Abstract 53 | PDF Downloads 28

Page 65-67

Book Reviews

Bird Checklist Guánica Biosphere Reserve Puerto Rico

Steven C. Latta
Abstract 3 | PDF Downloads 4

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