Recent Records of the Swainson's Hawk in Trinidad and Tobago

Brad Andres, Wendell Haag


On the afternoon of 22 March 1990, we discovered a Swainson's hawk (Buteo swainsoni) on Little Tobago Island, Tobago. We first detected an overhead Buteo while watching peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) chase red-billed tropicbirds (Phaethon aethereus) at a tropicbird colony on the northeastern edge of the island. As the single bird soared above us at about 20 meters, we were able to discern the telltale brown upper-breast and dark flight feathers of an adult, lightphase Swainson's hawk. The hawk circled over us for 5 minutes and then soared off northward. During that time we were able to scrutinize the bird further.

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