Audubon’s Shearwater (Puffinus lherminieri), A New Breeding Species On St. Lucia

Brian D. J. Briggs

Abstract


On 25 May 2003 I observed, captured, and examined a recently fledged Audubon’s Shearwater (Puffinus lherminieri) swimming in the shallow, sheltered waters of Praslin Bay near Praslin Harbor, on the Atlantic coast of St. Lucia (13o52' N, 60o54' W). This observation provides the first evidence for breeding on St. Lucia, presumably on a nearby offshore islet.

El 25 de mayo del 2003 observé, capturé y examiné un pichón de Pampero de Audubón (Puffinus lherminieri), que nadaba en la franja de aguas someras de la bahía Praslin cerca de Praslin Harbor, en la costa atlántica de Santa Lucía (13o52' N, 60o54' W). Esta observación constituye la primera evidencia reproductiva de esta especie para Santa Lucía, presumiblemente ocurrida en un cayo cercano. 

J’ai observé, capturé et examiné le 25 mai 2003 un Puffin d’Audubon (Puffinus lherminieri) récemment émancipé nageant dans les eaux abrités et peu profondes de la baie de Praslin près de Praslin Harbor, sur la côte atlantique de Sainte-Lucie (13o52' N, 60o54' W). Il s’agit de la première évidence de nidification pour Sainte-Lucie, probablement sur un ilot proche. 


Keywords


Audubon’s Shearwater; breeding; Lesser Antilles; Puffinus lherminieri; St. Lucia

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