More pelagic bird sightings off Dominica

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Allan R. Keith
Lucy W. Keith

Abstract: We report the first documented records of Corys Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) and of probable Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) for Dominica on 7 December and 8 December, 2002, respectively. Both birds were seen over deep water off the southeast coast of the island. The available records of both species from offshore French Guiana north to the Bahamas are summarized. Notes on several other pelagic species are also included.

Keywords: Calonectris diomedea, Cory?s Shearwater, Dominica, Manx Shearwater, pelagic birds, Puffinus puffinus

Resumen: Registros adicionales de aves pelágicas en Dominica- Reportamos los primeros registros documentados de la Pardela Cenicienta (Calonectris diomedea) y una probable Pardela Pichoneta (Puffinus puffinus) para Dominica el 7 y 8 de diciembre de 2002, respectivamente. Ambas aves fueron vistas sobre mares profundos cerca de la costa sureste de la isla. Se sumarizan los registros disponibles para la especie desde la Guayana Francesa hasta las Bahamas en el norte. También se incluyen notas sobre varias especies pelágicas.

Palabras clave: aves pelagicas, Calonectris diomedea, Dominica, Pardela cenicienta, Petrel blanquinegro, Puffinus puffinus

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