Over the previous 40 years I’ve had the great fortune to photographically doc 85% of the hen species added to my “Life Checklist.” This weblog collection showcases the photographs and anecdotal accounts that doc these “Lifer” sightings and a little bit in regards to the surroundings and tradition of the world. This Lifer weblog collection begins with the primary LIFER exterior of the US, Lifer #624 and proceeds chronologically ahead from there.
Black Catbird (Laterallus ruber) > Rallidae > Gruiformes
IDENTIFICATION: Slender-billed, shiny black hen of humid forest, woodland, thickets, and overgrown clearings; form and habits like Grey Catbird of North America. Frequent on Cozumel Island, however usually unusual to uncommon on the Yucatan mainland. Typically sings from a outstanding perch, however in any other case moderately retiring and simply ignored, primarily at low ranges in bushes; additionally hops on the bottom, flipping and fanning its tail. Instructed from different black songbirds in its geographic vary by habits and slender invoice.
CONSERVATION STATUS WARNING: The IUCN considers Black Catbird to be within the Close to Threatened Purple Checklist Class. Even if the inhabitants development seems to be lowering, the decline is just not believed to be sufficiently speedy to method the thresholds for Weak beneath the inhabitants development criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations).
FIRST “LIFER” OBSERVATION:
Birding with: Miguel Amar Uribe from Mexico Kan Excursions and my spouse Maria
Date: 10 Dec 2021 @ San Miguel Water Therapy Plant, Cozumel Island, MX
Planta de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales de San Miguel | MX-ROO
SPECIES GLOBAL eBIRD DISTRIBUTION MAP
Yellow Star indications the situation of my Lifer sighting
DETAILS ABOUT SIGHTING: As is typical with all rails, they’re very secretive and normally heard lengthy earlier than they’re seen. Though they are often simply coaxed out with a little bit name playback. After we arrived on the water therapy plant it was fairly windy and subsequently exhausting to listen to hen calls. Happily after a half hour, the winds died down and the Ruddy Crakes spontaneously began calling. We solely noticed one briefly because it scooted by means of a gap within the marsh. Happily I used to be capable of get some actually good photos on later journeys.
PHOTOS TAKEN: No photos had been captured of the primary crakes on Cozumel, however many had been efficiently photographed on subsequent birding expeditions. All photos under are from close to Río Lagartos, Yucatán, MX
Earlier 3 posts in my LIFER Weblog Collection.