Common Black Hawk, Buteogallus anthracinus predating Oilbird, Steatornis caripensis at Cumaca Cave, Trinidad and Tobago

Mike G. Rutherford


Cumaca Cave, or Oropuche Cave as it is also referred to, is located in the eastern Northern Range, Trinidad and is home to a large colony of Oilbirds Steatornis caripensis. On 28 March 2016 at approximately 1100h a Common Black Hawk, Buteogallus anthracinus was seen next to the mouth of Cumaca Cave with a dead oilbird chick clutched in its talons.

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