Monthly Census of the Oilbird, Steatornis caripensis at Springhill Estate, Arima Valley, Trinidad, West Indies

Ian Lambie


The Oilbird, Steatornis caripensis is a nocturnal, fruit-eating and cave-dwelling bird. Its first documented presence in Trinidad at Springhill Estate, Arima Valley was by Joseph (1838). Subsequently, ffrench (1991) noted its presence at seven other localities in Trinidad although some of those populations are now extinct. Snow (1961) studied the general behaviour, feeding, breeding and population sizes of these birds at the Springhill Estate. He noted a population of about 25 - 30 birds.

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