North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO2 2016

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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 178 Collared Pratincoles (Glareola pratincola) at Gudadeloupe Collared Pratincoles (Glareola pratincola) at Gudadeloupe ANTHONY LEVESQUE • ROUSSEL 97129 • LAMENTIN, GUADELOUPE • (ANTHONY.LEVESQUE@WANADOO.FR) Abstract This paper documents the first Guadeloupe and second Caribbean record of Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola), two juvenile individuals at Gaschet Reservoir 2 October 2015. Field encounter At about 0930 Atlantic Standard Time on 2 October 2015, I observed two juvenile pratincoles (genus Glareola) on a pasture at the edge of the Gaschet Reservoir, Grande-Terre, Guadeloupe (Figure 1). The birds were initally observed at a distance of about 100 m. After a few minutes of ob - servation, I telephoned local birders to alert them to the birds' presence. During this time, the farmer came within 10 m of the birds while tending his cattle, and I moved to the opposite side of the reservoir to get better photographs (Frontispiece, Figures 2-11). The birds were in the vicinity of a small group of Pectoral Sandpipers (Calidris melonotos) and White-rumped Sandpipers (Calidris fuscicollis). The birds were a larger than the sandpipers and very different in shape (Figure 2), with much shorter legs and bills and with very slender bodies, recalling swallows, particularly when in flight, when their forked tails and scythe-like wings were apparent. Their manner of flight was swift, swoop - ing, acrobatic. When resting, their stance was alert, ploverlike, with heads often held high (Frontispiece, Figures 4, 5, 13). When walking, the birds moved rapidly, then stopped, also in a manner recalling plovers. The birds were not heard to vocalize. Among shorebirds, pratincoles are very distinctive, and I recognized them as pratincoles immedi - ately, having observed several species previously in Europe. The birds were aged as juveniles by the scaly pattern of the grayish brown upperparts, caused by dark subter - minal and pale terminal marks in the coverts, mantle

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