Great-Tailed Grackle (<em>Quiscalus mexicanus</em>): a new species for Hispaniola

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Danilo A. Mejía
Maria M. Paulino
Kate Wallace
Steven C. Latta

Abstract: We report on the occurrence of a new vagrant bird species for Hispaniola, and only the third record of this species in the West Indies. The Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) was identified by sight and call near Salinas de Baní, Peravia Province, on a Christmas Bird Count in December 2007. We compare our observation with characteristics of the Carib Grackle (Q. lugubris), Common Grackle (Q. quiscula), Greater Antillean Grackle (Q. niger), and Boat-tailed Grackle (Q. major).


Keywords: distribution, Dominican Republic, Great-tailed Grackle, Greater Antillean Grackle, Hispaniola, Quiscalus mexicanus, Quiscalus niger


Resumen: El Zanate Grande (Quiscalus mexicanus): nueva especie para la Española- Se presenta la aparición de una nueva especie de ave errante para La Española, y el tercer registro de esta especie en las Indias Occidentales. El Zanate Grande (Quiscalus mexicanus), fue identificado a vista y canto cerca de Salinas de Baní, provincia Peravia, en un Conteo Navideño de Aves en diciembre de 2007. Comparamos nuestras observaciones con las características de Q. lugubris, Q. quiscula, Q. niger, y Q. major.


Palabras clave: distribución, Española, Quiscalus mexicanus, Quiscalus niger, República Dominicana


Résumé: Le Quiscale à longue queue (Quiscalus mexicanus): une nouvelle espèce pour Hispaniola- Nous rendons compte de l’apparition d’une nouvelle espèce d’oiseau erratique pour Hispaniola, ce qui constitue seulement le troisième donnée pour cette espèce dans les Antilles. Le Quiscale à longue queue (Quiscalus mexicanus) a été observé et entendu à proximité des Salines de Baní, Peravia, lors d’un dénombrement d’oiseaux en décembre 2007. Nous comparons notre observation avec des caractéristiques du Quiscale merle (Q. lugubris), du Quiscale bronzé (Q. quiscalus), du Quiscale noir (Q. niger) et du Quiscale des marais (Q. major).


Mots clés: distribution, Hispaniola, Quiscale à longue queue, Quiscale noir, Quiscalus mexicanus, Quiscalus niger, République dominicaine

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