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    Default Birds in Santiago

    Hola! I am new to the area and had a few questions
    1) Does anyone know of a good guide book to the DR birds and flora? Spanish and English preferably
    2) Are there any good places in the Santiago area to go bird watching?
    3) Any good mountain biking?

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    do a search for any posts by "hillbilly". actually click here and you will be able to email or pm him directly.

    he is a DR1 member from Santiago who will have a wealth of info for you.

    here is a book he recommended in the past:

    Aves de la República Dominicana
    Anabelle Stockton de Dodd
    1978
    Museo Nacional de Historia Natural

    regards,
    mob

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    Quote Originally Posted by mobrouser
    do a search for any posts by "hillbilly". actually click here and you will be able to email or pm him directly.

    he is a DR1 member from Santiago who will have a wealth of info for you.

    here is a book he recommended in the past:

    Aves de la República Dominicana
    Anabelle Stockton de Dodd
    1978
    Museo Nacional de Historia Natural

    regards,
    mob
    Hey Mob, thank you for the info., I'll try doing a search for hillbilly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueigris
    Hola! I am new to the area and had a few questions
    1) Does anyone know of a good guide book to the DR birds and flora? Spanish and English preferably
    2) Are there any good places in the Santiago area to go bird watching?
    3) Any good mountain biking?
    most of birds in the dr have been eaten.
    if you se any, don't tell anyone where it is.

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    Default Rara avis.

    Way back, In my boyhood in DR., I remember seeing long legged,grey wading birds called "bucarus". They had a beautiful sound/song that is hard to describe. People used to keep them as pets. apparently, they were flightless for they stayed in peoples yards.....Anyone know what I'm describing here? Ever heard of a BUCARU?

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    Default Bucaro

    I think you are talking about a Double-Striped Thick Knee (Alcavaran Americano). Go to google and type the common name, you should be able to find a picture of it.
    Take Care

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    Default Los Haitises

    Bluegris,

    Just visited Los Haitises and I was quite impressed by the birdlife there. It might be of interest to you.

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    Smile Beautiful bird!

    Quote Originally Posted by blueigris
    I think you are talking about a Double-Striped Thick Knee (Alcavaran Americano). Go to google and type the common name, you should be able to find a picture of it.
    Take Care
    Yes, thank you very much blueigris, it sure looks like the bird I remember! I wonder if it has become extint in DR. because no one seemed to know what it was when asked about it. Would you let me know if you come across one while visiting DR? Thanks again.

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    Default There are still Bucaros

    People used to keep them around the house to eat cockroaches.

    Unfortunately, some people eat them. As far as I know all birds in the DR are supposed to be "Protected" but that is worth a row of pee pee holes in the snow as far as effective enforcement is concerned.

    But yes, there are still bucaros around. At the PUCMM this afternoon I watched a small band of parrots fly, raucausly, overhead...smiled a bit...

    HB

    BTW: I remember back when we were tracking that hawk down from Canada and bak, somebody mentioned a more up-to-date book than Dodd's...This was like two years ago?? Search * Hawk* and see what come up/

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    Lightbulb Birds At the PUMMA

    I live within the green zone that runs by the main gate, every day I see many birds that I do not see anywhere else. The greenbelts running aong the many rivers still hold wild life.

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