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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C O L L A R E D P R AT I N C O L E S AT G U A D E LO U P E 179 V O L U M E 6 9 ( 2 0 1 6 ) • N U M B E R 2 2, 7-11). The legs were gray. The eyes looked large in proportion to the head, with very dark irides. The short, thick, and slightly decurved bills were blackish except at the gape, where a fleshy orange tone was often discernible at close range (Frontispiece, Figures 3, 6). feathers, and tertials (Frontispiece, Figures 3, 4, 6, 12). The underparts were whitish, broken by a stippled brownish neckband, more promi - nent in one individual than the other (Figure 5). The birds' pale throats and malars were lightly outlined in darker grayish streaking or stippling (Figure 6). At close range, a very thin pale eyering was apparent (Figures 3, 4, 6, 12). In flight, the appearance of a forked tail var- ied considerably, from deeply forked (Figure 7) to shallowly forked or not forked (Figures 2, 8-11), depending on how the bird held the tail. Distally, the rectrices were dark grayish brown, similar in tone to the remiges, with narrow pale edges; basally, the rectrices were white, most extensively so in the outer rectrices. The uppertail coverts were also white, extending to cover part of the dark portion of the cen - tral rectrices, thus making a rather distinctive pattern, visible even at great distance (Figures Figure 1. A view of Gaschet Reservoir, Guadeloupe, loca- tion of the 2 October 2015 record of Collared Pratincole. Photograph by Thomas Delhotal. Figure 2. Collared Pratincole in flight with Pectoral Sandpipers and White-rumped Sandpipers. The shape of the pratincoles in flight recalled a large swal- low (Hirundinidae) or perhaps a nighthawk (genus Chordeiles) Chordeiles) among the Calidris sandpipers. Photogra- among Chordeiles) among the Calidris sandpipers. Photogra- the Chordeiles) among the Calidris sandpipers. Photogra- Calidris Chordeiles) among the Calidris sandpipers. Photogra- sandpipers Chordeiles) among the Calidris sandpipers. Photogra- Photogra- Chordeiles) among the Calidris sandpipers. Photogra- ph (and Frontispiece image) by Anthony Levesque. Fig. 2 Fig. 1

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