The Status of Diurnal Raptor Populations on La Gonâve, Haiti
White, Justin H.
Kennedy, Lisa M.
Kimsey, Mary B.
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La Gonâve, Haiti, is the largest Hispaniolan satellite island, yet it is rarely visited by birders. We searched for diurnal raptors on La Gonâve for seven days between 9 May and 1 June 2012. We observed American Kestrels (Falco sparverius), Redtailed Hawks (Buteo jamaicensis), and Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura), including evidence of active nesting attempts by American Kestrels and Red-tailed Hawks. We present a brief historical review of Haitian raptors and species records from La Gonâve. The island’s habitats are currently suitable for these common generalist species, but less so for more specialized species.