Audubon’s Shearwater (<em>Puffinus lherminieri</em>), A New Breeding Species On St. Lucia

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Brian D. J. Briggs

Abstract: On 25 May 2003 I observed, captured, and examined a recently fledged Audubon’s Shearwater (Puffinus lherminieri) swimming in the shallow, sheltered waters of Praslin Bay near Praslin Harbor, on the Atlantic coast of St. Lucia (13o52' N, 60o54' W). This observation provides the first evidence for breeding on St. Lucia, presumably on a nearby offshore islet.


Keywords: Audubon’s Shearwater, breeding, Lesser Antilles, Puffinus lherminieri, St. Lucia


Resumen: Pampero de Audubón (Puffinus lherminieri), una nueva especie nidificando en San Lucia- El 25 de mayo del 2003 observé, capturé y examiné un pichón de Pampero de Audubón (Puffinus lherminieri), que nadaba en la franja de aguas someras de la bahía Praslin cerca de Praslin Harbor, en la costa atlántica de Santa Lucía (13o52' N, 60o54' W). Esta observación constituye la primera evidencia reproductiva de esta especie para Santa Lucía, presumiblemente ocurrida en un cayo cercano. 


Palabras clave: Antillas, Pampero de Audubón, Puffinus lherminieri, reproducción, Santa Lucía


Résumé: Le Puffin d’Audubon (Puffinus lherminieri), nouvelle espece nicheuse a Sainte-Lucie- J’ai observé, capturé et examiné le 25 mai 2003 un Puffin d’Audubon (Puffinus lherminieri) récemment émancipé nageant dans les eaux abrités et peu profondes de la baie de Praslin près de Praslin Harbor, sur la côte atlantique de Sainte-Lucie (13o52' N, 60o54' W). Il s’agit de la première évidence de nidification pour Sainte-Lucie, probablement sur un ilot proche. 


Mots clés: nidification, Petites Antilles, Puffin d’Audubon, Puffinus lherminieri, Sainte-Lucie

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