|Experts seek help identifying bird|
|Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:12|
A bird spotted at Mangrove Cay located within the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve has stirred discussions among professional members of the Society for the Conservation and Study Caribbean Birds.
Dr. Lisa Sorenson of Boston University, who spotted the bird, believes it is an intermediate morph of the reddish egret, the most common egret in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The reddish egret is considered a globally threatened species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species.
Sorensen noted that the new Stokes Bird Field Guide says: “An intermediate morph is like a dark morph but with some white feathers, often on its wings.” However, the book does not include a photo.
Anyone with information about the bird is asked to contact the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources or the SCSCB.
Sorenson and Michele Kading, head of Interpretation of the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre in Manitoba, Canada, spotted the bird when they were in the TCI in late April to early May this year to serve as resource persons for a Wetlands Education Workshop.
Seventy wetlands and birds enthusiasts composing teachers, government officers, environmentalists, and some students participated in the workshop, which was technically and financially supported by the SCSCB.
Photo: This bird spotted on Mangrove Cay off the eastern tip of Providenciales is believed to be an “intermediate morph” of the common red egret. (Eric Salamanca/DECR)
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