Additions to the avifauna of two localities in the southern Rupununi region, Guyana
Check List 13(4): 113-120, doi: 10.15560/13.4.113
Additions to the avifauna of two localities in the southern Rupununi region, Guyana
expand article infoBrian J. O'Shea§, Asaph Wilson|, Jonathan K. Wrights
‡ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, United States of America§ Global Wildlife Conservation, Austin, United States of America| South Rupununi Conservation Society, Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo, Guyana¶ National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute, National Plant Protection Organization, East Coast Demerara, Guyana
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Abstract
We report new records from ornithology surveys conducted at Kusad Mountain and Parabara savanna in Guyana’s southern Rupununi region during October and November 2013. Both localities had existing species lists based on surveys conducted in 2000, but had not been formally surveyed since. We surveyed birds over 15 field days, adding 22 and 10 species to the existing lists for Kusad and Parabara, respectively. Our findings augment prior knowledge of the status and distribution of birds in this region of the Guiana Shield. The southern Rupununi harbors high avian diversity, including rare species such as Rio Branco Antbird (Cercomacra carbonaria), Hoary-throated Spinetail (Synallaxis kollari), Bearded Tachuri (Polystictus pectoralis), and Red Siskin (Spinus cucullatus), which are likely to continue to draw tourism revenue to local communities if their habitats remain intact.
Keywords
Neotropics; Guiana Shield; birds; inventory; conservation; savanna; ecotourism