North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO2 2015

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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173 V o l u m e 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N u m b e r 2 Spotted crake at guadeloupe loupe (F.W.I.) in fall 2003. Journal of Carib- bean Ornithology 20: 61-64. Levesque, A., F. Duzont, and N. Hecker. 2012. New bird species recorded in Guadeloupe, French West Indies, 2003-2011. North American Birds 66: 214-223. Levesque, A., and F. Delcroix. 2013. Liste des oiseaux de la Guadeloupe (Seventh edition). Grande-Terre, Basse-Terre, Marie-Galante, les Saintes, la Désirade, Îlets de la Petite- Terre. Rapport AMAZONA 32. ----. 2014. Liste des oiseaux de la Désirade (First edition). Rapport AMAZONA 35. Taylor, B. 1998. Rails: A Guide to the Rails, Crakes, Gallinules, and Coots of the World. Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut. Voous, K. H. 1957. A specimen of the Spotted Crake, Porzana porzana, for the Lesser Antil- les. Ardea 45: 89-90. n manuscript. We extend our thanks also to Eric Delcroix (who was frst to notice this "strange" crake) and to Marion Diard and Thomas Del- hotal, who accompanied us on this memorable occasion. Literature cited Beaman, M., and S. Madge. 1998. The Hand- book of Bird Identifcation for Europe and the Western Palearctic. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey. BirdLife International. 2014. Species factsheet: Porzana porzana. Downloaded from 12 August 2014. De Burgos, K., and F. Olmos. 2013. First record of Corncrake Crex crex (Rallidae) for South America. Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia 21: 205-208. Levesque, A., and A. Saint-Auret. 2008. First sightings and rare birds records from Guade- ing areas and African wintering areas, which include Namibia. Spotted Crake has been re- corded on the Azores at least 19 times through 2011 (records compiled at www.tarsiger.com), which suggests that offshore migrants through the eastern North Atlantic are to be expected. With this record, Spotted Crake becomes the 150th bird species to be recorded on Dé- sirade Island (Levesque and Delcroix 2014) and the 270th for the Guadeloupe Archipelago (Levesque and Delcroix 2013). The only previ- ous record from the New World is also from the Lesser Antilles, an individual collected at Marigot, St. Martin 8 October 1956 (Voous 1957). Acknowledgments We are most grateful to Alan Johnson for translating this note into English and to Jeff Gerbracht for reviewing earlier drafts of the Figure 3. The Spotted Crake usually did not cock its tail, giving it a sleek, streamlined posture in comparison to Soras nearby, which normally foraged with the tail cocked. The Soras lacked the extensive spotting of Spotted Crake and showed slightly longer tails and slimmer necks, especially when chasing the Spotted Crake. This photograph was taken 15 February. Photograph by Anthony Levesque. Figure 4. Instead of a solid dark gray or blackish unstreaked central crown stripe, as in the Soras, the Spotted Crake showed a rich brown central crown stripe stippled with black. The thin but distinctive white bars on inner greater coverts and tertials also distinguished the Spotted Crake from the Soras. This photograph was taken 7 February. Photograph by Anthony Levesque.

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