An Update on the Population of the Oilbird, Steatornis caripensis, in Trinidad, W.I.

Authors

  • Mike G. Rutherford 26 George Street, Innerleithen, Scotland, EH44 6LH, United Kingdom

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Caves

Abstract

The last island wide census of the Oilbird, Steatornis caripensis, population of Trinidad was conducted in the late 1950s
to early 1960s by David Snow with an estimate of 1,460 individuals. A new census of the known roosts was undertaken
between February 2016 and September 2019. Caves were entered and counts were taken by one to three observers. The
total number of birds in known colonies was estimated to be 3,320. This shows a more than doubling in population since the
last count and suggests that the hunting of Oilbirds may no longer be the threat it once was to the survival of the species
in Trinidad.

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Published

2019-12-31

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Research Papers