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Caribbean Martin

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Juveniles are almost identical to females, but if newly fledged retain a yellow side to the bill. Juveniles are almost identical to females, but if newly fledged retain a yellow side to the bill.
==Distribution== ==Distribution==
 +[[Image:CaribbeanMartin mod.jpg|thumb|300px|right|Photo by {{user|raulqc|raulqc}}<br />Vieques, [[Puerto Rico]], June 2007]]
Found from [[Jamaica]] and [[Hispaniola]] east and then south through the [[Lesser Antilles]] to [[Tobago]] but not [[Trinidad]]. It is mostly absent from this area during October through December, presumably migrating to northern [[South America]] ([[Venezuela]] to the [[Guianas]]). In January more likely to be seen in wandering flocks than at breeding location. Found from [[Jamaica]] and [[Hispaniola]] east and then south through the [[Lesser Antilles]] to [[Tobago]] but not [[Trinidad]]. It is mostly absent from this area during October through December, presumably migrating to northern [[South America]] ([[Venezuela]] to the [[Guianas]]). In January more likely to be seen in wandering flocks than at breeding location.
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==Taxonomy== ==Taxonomy==
This is a [[Dictionary_M-S#M|monotypic]] species<sup>[[#References|[1]]]</sup>. This is a [[Dictionary_M-S#M|monotypic]] species<sup>[[#References|[1]]]</sup>.
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In [[Dominica]] primarily seen along the coast, both breeding in towns and on rocky cliffs. Elsewhere also found along freshwater bodies. In [[Dominica]] primarily seen along the coast, both breeding in towns and on rocky cliffs. Elsewhere also found along freshwater bodies.
 +During the day in Barbados they may be found along the coast as well as inland in pastures and fields and often seen perched in large numbers along high tension wires. On evenings, they can be seen in large numbers perched on the side of tall buildings.
==Behaviour== ==Behaviour==
-3-6 eggs are laid, and incubated for 15 days; the young fledge 26-27 days later.+====Breeding====
- +Fairly common breeding resident in the West Indies from January through to September. The 3-6 eggs are incubated for 15 days; the young fledge 26-27 days later.
 +====Diet====
The diet includes insects. The diet includes insects.
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-Fairly common breeding resident in the West Indies, January through September. During the day the CARIBBEAN MARTIN in Barbados will be found along the coast as well as inland in pastures and fields and is often seen perched in large numbers along high tension wires. On evenings, they can be seen in large numbers perched on the side of tall buildings. 
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==References== ==References==
#{{Ref-Clements6thDec09}}#Birdforum member personal observations #{{Ref-Clements6thDec09}}#Birdforum member personal observations
#{{Ref-Raffaeleetal03}}#[http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/home Neotropical birds portal] #{{Ref-Raffaeleetal03}}#[http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/home Neotropical birds portal]
-Wikipedia+#Wikipedia
 +{{ref}}
==External Links== ==External Links==
*[http://www.geocities.com/secaribbirds/idcaribbeangray-breastedmartin.html An identification essay comparing Caribbean Martin with [[Gray-breasted Martin]]] *[http://www.geocities.com/secaribbirds/idcaribbeangray-breastedmartin.html An identification essay comparing Caribbean Martin with [[Gray-breasted Martin]]]

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Photo by obasanmiPhoto taken: Arnos Vale, Tobago
Photo by obasanmi
Photo taken: Arnos Vale, Tobago
Progne dominicensis

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Identification

A large swallow of about 20 cm (8 inches) with upperparts, head and throat blue-black, sharply demarcated from white lower breast and belly. Flight-feathers and tail tend to be more black then the rest of the upperparts.

Female tends to have lighter upperpart than the male, with a brown wash.

Juveniles are almost identical to females, but if newly fledged retain a yellow side to the bill.

Distribution

Photo by raulqcVieques, Puerto Rico, June 2007
Photo by raulqc
Vieques, Puerto Rico, June 2007

Found from Jamaica and Hispaniola east and then south through the Lesser Antilles to Tobago but not Trinidad. It is mostly absent from this area during October through December, presumably migrating to northern South America (Venezuela to the Guianas). In January more likely to be seen in wandering flocks than at breeding location.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

In Dominica primarily seen along the coast, both breeding in towns and on rocky cliffs. Elsewhere also found along freshwater bodies.

During the day in Barbados they may be found along the coast as well as inland in pastures and fields and often seen perched in large numbers along high tension wires. On evenings, they can be seen in large numbers perched on the side of tall buildings.

Behaviour

Breeding

Fairly common breeding resident in the West Indies from January through to September. The 3-6 eggs are incubated for 15 days; the young fledge 26-27 days later.

Diet

The diet includes insects.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Birdforum member personal observations
  3. Raffaele, H, J Wiley, OH Garrido, A Keith, JI Raffaele. 2003. Birds of the West Indies. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691113197
  4. Neotropical birds portal
  5. Wikipedia

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