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Lifer 671 – Black Catbird – Reflections of the Pure World

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Chronicles of a Birders Life Record

Over the previous 40 years I’ve had the great fortune to photographically doc 85% of the chicken species added to my “Life Record.” This weblog collection showcases the photographs and anecdotal accounts that doc these “Lifer” sightings and somewhat in regards to the setting 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.

Reflections of the Pure World Weblog Submit Collection by Jim Achieve

Lifer chicken @ San Miguel Water Remedy Plant, Cozumel Island, MX
@ San Miguel Water Remedy Plant, Cozumel Island, MX

Black Catbird (Laterallus ruber) > Rallidae > Gruiformes

IDENTIFICATION: Slender-billed, shiny black chicken of humid forest, woodland, thickets, and overgrown clearings; form and habits like Grey Catbird of North America. Frequent on Cozumel Island, however typically unusual to uncommon on the Yucatan mainland. Usually sings from a outstanding perch, however in any other case quite 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 Pink Record Class. Although the inhabitants development seems to be reducing, the decline isn’t believed to be sufficiently fast to strategy the thresholds for Susceptible 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 Remedy Plant, Cozumel Island, MX
Planta de Tratamiento de Aguas Residuales de San Miguel | MX-ROO

SPECIES GLOBAL eBIRD DISTRIBUTION MAP
Yellow Star indications the placement of my Lifer sighting

DETAILS ABOUT SIGHTING: As is typical with all rails, they’re very secretive and often heard lengthy earlier than they’re seen. Though they are often simply coaxed out with somewhat name playback. After we arrived on the water therapy plant it was fairly windy and due to this fact onerous to listen to chicken calls. Thankfully after a half hour, the winds died down and the Ruddy Crakes spontaneously began calling. We solely noticed one briefly because it scooted by a gap within the marsh. Thankfully I used to be capable of get some actually good photos on later journeys.

PHOTOS TAKEN: No photos have been captured of the primary crakes on Cozumel, however many have been efficiently photographed on subsequent birding expeditions. All photos under are from close to Río Lagartos, Yucatán, MX

@ Zona Arqueológica de San Miguelito, Cancun, MX

Earlier 3 posts in my LIFER Weblog Collection.

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