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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Fig. 9 Fig. 10 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 183 V O L U M E 6 9 ( 2 0 1 6 ) • N U M B E R 2 and a Ruff (Calidris pugnax) was spotted at Pointe des Châteaux (A. Levesque, F. Decluzet). On 14 Oc - tober, a Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) was observed at the Grand Cul-de-Sac Marin (R. Gomès). There are 23 additional Eurafrican species known from Guadeloupe (Levesque and Saint-Auret 2008, Levesque et al. 2012, Levesque and Delcroix 2015). The Collared Pratincole is the 278th species of bird to be recorded in the Guadeloupe Archipelago (Levesque and Delcroix 2015). Acknowledgments I thank Jeff Gerbracht and P. A. Buckley for review- ing early drafts of this note, Yann Kolbeinsson for in- formation on the Icelandic record, and Arnoud van Figures 8, 9, 10. In flight, the apparent fork in the tail could be considerable (Figure 8) or neglible (Figure 9) or lacking (Figure 10), depending on how the birds held their tails. Adult Collared Pratin- coles, particularly males, would show much more tail fork and would have a flight profile that looks rather different, with a long tail. Juve- niles appear rather short-tailed by comparison, more similar in flight profile to Oriental Pratincole. The white shaft in the outer primary (Figure 10) is typical of Collared, and Oriental normally shows a deep buff or brown shaft, but this distinction is considered only supportive (Driessens and Svensson 2005). Afrotropical Collareds also show a white primary shaft and broad pale trailing edges in the wings (Dries- sens 2005). Photographs by Anthony Levesque.

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