Cuba’s Blue-headed Quail-Dove

Cuba’s Blue-headed Quail-Dove

Ubiquitous, approachable Rock Pigeon is the most familiar representative of the Columbidae family. One of the most beautiful is the endangered Blue-headed Quail-Dove, endemic to Cuba. It has long been considered unique, and is the only member of the genus Starnoenas, but new research suggests that it is far more unusual than previously believed.

Gearing Up for Cuba

Gearing Up for Cuba

With the recent relaxation of restrictions on travel to Cuba, many U.S. birders are considering a visit to that bird-rich nation so close to Florida. What to bring? – binoculars, for starters, and probably a field guide. But what sort of field guide? –...
Cuba trip: April 2016

Cuba trip: April 2016

The main purpose of our trip to Cuba was to find and identify the endemic birds on the island of Cuba and outlying Cays.  Endemic is defined as ” native or restricted to a certain country or area”.  Our group saw 24 of the 26 possibilities.  We did not see the Cuban...