Thirteenth Report of the Trinidad and Tobago Birds Status and Distribution Committee Records Submitted During 2015

Martyn Kenefick

Abstract


The abundance and status of our bird species, especially the common ones, are reasonably well known and described in the available guides (ffrench, 2012; Kenefick et al. 2012). Our knowledge of the rarer species is less complete. Rare species comprise 44% of our bird species richness, and since they are rare, years of accumulated records are needed to assess status or changes in abundance. Without formal review and archiving, records would be haphazard and confidence low, making trends difficult to detect or interpret. The Trinidad and Tobago Rare Birds Committee was established in 1995 to assess, document and archive the occurrence of rare or unusual birds in Trinidad and Tobago and thus provide reliable long-term monitoring of our rarer species. Now re-named the Birds Status and Distribution Committee, we have assessed all records submitted during 2015. In all 105 records were adjudged, representing 55 different species. Of the submissions assessed, in only eight cases did the Committee find the identification inconclusive.

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