Sunday 25 October, 2020

Speeding driver "cleans away" two near-threatened species of birds

Image credit: Cayman Islands Department of the Environment

Image credit: Cayman Islands Department of the Environment

Department of the Environment staff have reported today that they witnessed the roadkill of a pair of Cuban Bullfinches (Melopyrrha nigra) on the Queen’s Highway.

The Cuban Bullfinch is found in Cayman and in Cuba; where it inhabits subtropical or tropical moist lowland or montane forests, as well as heavily degraded former forest. 

The pair of Cuban Bullfinches were chasing each other before a speeder killed both birds. 

This species is near threatened. Its decline has been a function of habitat loss, fragmentation, and capture for the caged-bird trade. 

These deaths are highly regrettable.

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