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361 Black Catbird

Melanoptila glabrirostris

I found this information about it on the net.
sure are a lot around this part of the island.

Endemic and considered ‘globally near threatened’

Black Catbird (Melanoptila glabrirostris): uplist to Vulnerable?

Black Catbird Melanoptila glabrirostris is currently classified as Near Threatened (nearly meeting criteria B1a+bi,ii,iii,v) owing to its moderately small range within which the species is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation through continuing tourism development, conversion to coconut plantations and periodic hurricanes. In recent years these threats appear to have led to rapid habitat loss within parts of the range (R. Clay in litt. 2006). If this is thought to have led to population declines of >30% over the past 10 years, the species would warrant uplisting to VU (under criterion A2c). Furthermore, a recent collation of all known localities has found the species’s range to be smaller than previously thought, being restricted to coastal areas of Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, and offshore islands. (B. Miller and C. Miller in litt. 2006). This range is being remapped, and if the resulting Extent of Occurrence covers less than 20,000 km2 and its habitat is severely fragmented and declining the species could qualify as VU (under B1a+biii). Comments and information on the species likely rate of recent population decline, the extent of its range, and the degree to which its habitat is fragmented would be welcome.


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I'm going diving right now with my new digital underwater .
i'll be gone all day because were visiting a remote island for a bad weather alternative dive site and of course just to make the trip real , the weather is real bad.
probably some underwater digital for tomorrow.

I would have to attest to the development destroying its habitat on northern Ambergris Caye. Hotels and houses popping up everywhere.
I see their favorite food tree bulldozed as a prep for building and its a slow growth tree.
Yes I agree these guys are in trouble.

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