New bird records for the island of St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean, with notes on other significant sightings

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Hannah Madden
Roberto Hensen
Steve Piontek
Steffan Walton
Hans Verdaat
Steve C.V. Geelhoed
Johan Stapel
Adolphe O. Debrot

Abstract: The avifauna of the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Eustatius has been little studied. We document 22 new bird species for the island and update the status of several important species based on our recent observations. The documented avifauna of the island amounts to 75 published species records. We conclude by pointing out several positive developments in the avifauna and ascribe these to the combined effects of reduced hunting, the legal establishment of protected park areas, and a growing environmental awareness among the island’s inhabitants.


Keywords: avifauna, Dutch Caribbean, Netherlands Antilles, St. Eustatius


Resumen: La avifauna de la isla San Eustaquio de las Antillas Holandesas ha sido poco estudiada. Basados en nuestras recientes observaciones documentamos 22 nuevas especies de aves para la isla y actualizamos el estado de muchas especies importantes. La avifauna documentada de la isla asciende a 75 registros publicados. Concluimos destacando que hay muchos avances positivos para la avifauna y que se pueden atribuir a los efectos combinados de la reducción de la caza, el establecimiento legal de áreas protegidas y el creciente interés medio ambiental entre los habitantes de la isla.


Palabras clave: Antillas Holandesas, avifauna, San Eustaquio


Résumé: L’avifaune de l'île caribéenne de Saint-Eustache dans les Antilles néerlandaises a été peu étudiée jusqu’à présent. Nous mentionnons ici vingt-deux nouvelles espèces pour l'île, et actualisons le statut de plusieurs espèces importantes, sur la base de nos observations récentes. L'avifaune de l'île compte 75 espèces faisant l’objet de mentions publiées. Nous concluons en soulignant plusieurs évolutions positives pour l'avifaune pouvant être attribuées aux effets combinés de la pression de chasse réduite, de la désignation de zones protégées et de la prise de conscience croissante des habitants de l'île vis-à-vis de l'environnement.


Mots clés: Antilles néerlandaises, avifaune, Saint-Eustache

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