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Geolocator Data Reveal the Migration Route and Wintering Location of a Caribbean Martin (Progne dominicensis)
Perlut, N.G.; Klak, T.C.; Rakhimberdiev, E. (2017). Geolocator Data Reveal the Migration Route and Wintering Location of a Caribbean Martin (Progne dominicensis). Wilson J. Ornithol. 129(3): 605-610. https://doi.org/10.1676/16-142.1
In: The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. Wilson Ornithological Society: Lawrence. ISSN 1559-4491, meer
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Author keywords
    Commonwealth of Dominica; Progne dominicensis; State of Bahia Brazil.

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  • Perlut, N.G.
  • Klak, T.C.
  • Rakhimberdiev, E., meer

Abstract
    Caribbean Martins (Progne dominicensis)are common breeders on most Caribbean islands, where theyregularly roost and nest in urban areas from Februarythrough August. However, from September through January,the basic ecology of this species—its migration andwintering locations—are largely unknown. In 2012, wedeployed seven geolocators, and in 2014, we recovered onegeolocator from a female Caribbean Martin on theCommonwealth of Dominica, a small eastern Caribbeanisland. Her wintering location was the western portion of theState of Bahia, Brazil, ~3550 km southeast of Dominica.Although the location of the non-breeding grounds changedminimally, the fall departure date, migration route, andlength of migration to western Bahia, Brazil, was differentbetween years. In October 2012, the female followed acoastal migration route along the Atlantic coast of SouthAmerica, then flew south to the non-breeding grounds.However in Oct 2013, she flew south from Dominicathrough Guyana, spent a few days in the Amazon rain forest,and then migrated southeast to the non-breeding grounds.These results provide insight into the repeatability ofmigration routes and wintering locations by this species,and serves as a first step in better understanding theCaribbean Martin’s full life-cycle. Received 25 August 2016.Accepted 26 January 2017.

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