Cover

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Sponsors Page, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

This guide is the result of many years of work by the coauthors, with the help and support of a large number of others. We thank in particular the many members of the Sociedad Ornitológica de la Hispaniola who contributed recent reports and observations of birds, including Stephen Brauning, Sandra Brauning, Nicolás Corona, ...

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Introduction

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p. 1

Our goal in writing Birds of the Dominican Republic and Haiti is to fill a large void in the birdwatching, conservation, and environmental education needs of Hispaniola. There has never been a comprehensive field guide devoted to the birds of Hispaniola, and the only existing guide, by Annabelle Dod, is almost 30 years old, covers only 226 species, and is illustrated with black-and-white line drawings. ...

Map of Hispaniola

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pp. 2-3

Elevational Map of Hispaniola

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p. 4

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Plan of the Guide

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pp. 5-7

In the species accounts, scientific and English names, and the sequence of species, are those of the Check-list of North American Birds, seventh edition (American Ornithologists’ Union [AOU] 1998) and its supplements (AOU 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004). Most subspecies names are those given in Dickinson 2003 or Keith et al. 2003. ...

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Topography and Habitats of Hispaniola

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pp. 8-11

Hispaniola is a diverse island with many habitats and a rich assemblage of bird species, in part a result of its complex geologic history. Although its geologic history is not well understood, Hispaniola is thought to have formed by the merging of at least three land blocks, with two of these formerly attached to what are now Cuba and Puerto Rico. ...

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Endemic Species and Subspecies

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pp. 12-13

We recognize a total of 31 species endemic to Hispaniola and associated satellite islands and 50 endemic subspecies. Here we list those species and subspecies and provide general ranges of the subspecies. Subspecies are those identified by Dickinson 2003 and Keith et al. 2003. ...

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Avian Conservation on Hispaniola

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pp. 14-17

Hispaniola’s contribution to global biodiversity has earned the island the highest ranking of biological importance in a worldwide assessment of bird-protection priorities (Stattersfield et al. 1998). Whereas habitats of Hispaniola are vital to the survival of many endemic and migrant bird species, a variety of commonly confronted environmental issues threaten the sustainability of bird populations in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti. ...

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Ornithological History of Hispaniola

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p. 18

The earliest written records of Hispaniola’s avifauna date from Christopher Columbus’s expeditions to the island between 1492 and 1504. These and subsequent explorations of Hispaniola during the following two centuries, however, provided little more than general narrative accounts and incidental natural history observations. ...

Descriptive Parts of a Bird

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p. 19

Plate Section

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Species Accounts

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pp. 21-217

The birds of this large, aquatic family include six subfamilies that occur on Hispaniola. Whistling-ducks are primarily nocturnal and often graze in wet, grassy meadows or dip for food in shallow ponds. In flight their long legs and feet trail behind the tail, and the head is drooped, making them easily recognizable. Geese are larger than ducks and have a longer neck. ...

Recent Additions to the Checklist

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p. 218

Appendix A: Birdwatching on Hispaniola

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pp. 219-228

Appendix B: Checklist of Birds of Hispaniola

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pp. 229-238

Selected References

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pp. 239-242

Index of Local Names

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pp. 243-249

Index of English and Scientific Names

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pp. 250-258