Category: Rallidae

Review of the Status of American and Caribbean Coots in the United States Virgin Islands

American Coot (Fulica americana) Science Article 8 abstract Breeding (and non-breeding) American (Fulica americana) and Caribbean (F. caribaea) coots are generally rare to uncommon in the United States Virgin Islands where they have a restricted distribution at some brackish and freshwater sites. Their sympatric range includes St. Croix, where coots are most numerous at brackish […]

Epizootic Vacuolar Myelinopathy of the Central Nervous System of American Coots (Fulica americana) and Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

American Coot (Fulica americana) Science Article 10 abstract Unprecedented mortality occurred in bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) at DeGray Lake, Arkansas, during the winters of 1994-1995 and 1996-1997. The first eagles were found dead during November, soon after arrival from fall migration, and deaths continued into January during both episodes. In total, 29 eagles died at […]

Paternity-parasitism trade-offs: a model and test of host-parasite cooperation in an avian conspecific brood parasite

American Coot (Fulica americana) Science Article 11 abstract Efforts to evaluate the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of conspecific brood parasitism in birds and other animals have focused on the fitness costs of parasitism to hosts and fitness benefits to parasites. However, it has been speculated recently that, in species with biparental care, host males might […]

Improving the reliability of molecular sexing of birds using a W-specific marker

American Coot (Fulica americana) Science Article 12 abstract Molecular techniques for identifying sex of birds utilize length differences between CHD-Z and CHD-W introns, but in some cases these methods can lead to sexing errors. Here we show that an additional W-specific primer can be used in conjunction with a pre-existing sexing primer pair to dramatically […]

The relationships of Porzana ]!aviventer

Yellow-breasted Crake (Porzana flaviventer) Science Article 1 abstract A lack of agreement as to the generic characters of rails has resulted in many genera that are either poorly defined, monotypic, or composed of groups of unrelated species. Seldom has any taxonomic treatment of this family resulted in what I believe to be natural groupings. Decisions […]