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3 February 2000

by Cathy MacLaggan

I have recently returned from a trip to Cayo Coco, Cuba, and have prepared a list of the birds seen on Cayo Coco on field trip February 3, 2000. Our guide was Paulino Lopez Delgado (Public Relations Office, Tryp Cayo Coco Hotel & Club, Tel: 0301311 Ext. 221, email:

Common or fairly common species (one or more individuals seen daily) are unmarked.  Otherwise:

U - Uncommon (not seen on every trip, but seen at least twice per year)
R - Rare (occurs less than twice per year, but with at least one record every five years)
V - Very Rare or Vagrant (occurs less frequently than once every five years)

After Herbert A. Raffaele, James Wiley, Orlando Garrido, Allan Keith and Janis Raffaele, A Guide to the Birds of the West Indies (published 1998 by Princeton UniversityPress, ISBN 0691087369)

Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Magnificent Frigatebird
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Reddish Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
White Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill U
Greater Flamingo
Gadwall V
Red-breasted Merganser V
Turkey Vulture
Common Black-Hawk
Crested Caracara R
American Kestrel
Clapper Rail
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Black-necked Stilt
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Least Tern
White-crowned Pigeon
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Mangrove Cuckoo U
Great Lizard-Cuckoo
Smooth-billed Ani
Cuban Emerald
Cuban Tody
Belted Kingfisher
West Indian Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Cuban Green Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Gray Kingbird
Loggerhead Kingbird
Red-Legged Thrush
Northern Mockingbird
American Redstart
Oriente Warbler
Western Stripe-headed Tanager
Painted Bunting U
Cuban Bullfinch
Cuban Grassquit
Greater Antillean Grackle

Cuban (Greater Antillean) Pewee
     Contopus caribaeus
Stolid Flycatcher
     Myiarchus stolidus


Peterson Field Guide: Birds of the West Indies  by James Bond, Don R. Eckelberry, Arthur B. Singer, Roger Tory Peterson, published 1999 by Houghton  Mifflin Co., ISBN 0618002103

Bird Songs in Cuba by George Reynard (122 species on LP).  See WWW at

Natural Cuba by Alfonso Silva Lee, published in 1997 Pangaea Publishing, ISBN 0963018000

Cathy MacLaggan
Policy, Planning and Federal/ Provincial Relations
Natural Resources and Energy
phone: (506) 444-4924
fax: (506) 457-6762

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