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The shiny cowbird Molothrus bonariensis in the West Indian region--Biogeographical and ecological implications

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C.A. Woods

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Abstract

The shiny cowbird (Molthrus bonariensis), an avian brood parasite, is endemic to South America, Trinidad, and Tobago, but during the last 100 years the species has spread through the West Indies. Successful colonization by the shiny cowbird depends on the availablitiy of suitable habitats and host species. As forest fragmentation increases in the West Indies, new hosts, particularly forest species, will be parasitied. Forest fragmentation creates small patches of forests surrounded by open habitat and increases the portion of forest habitat available to cowbirds.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
The shiny cowbird Molothrus bonariensis in the West Indian region--Biogeographical and ecological implications
Year Published:
1989
Language:
English
Publisher:
Sandhill Crane Press
Publisher location:
Gainesville, Fla
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
xvii, 878
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Biogeography of the West Indies: Past, Present and Future
First page:
519
Last page:
540