This is the national bird of the Dominican Republic: Dolus Dominicus or Cigua Palmera (palmchat), we have many endemic bird species some with spectacular colors like the Papagayo (Hispaniolan Trogon), Cotorra (Hispaniolan Parrot), Zumbador (Hispaniolan Emerald) Pajaro Bobo (Mangrove Cuckoo), Barrancoli (Broad-billed Tody) and many more but the Dolus Dominicus is our national brid for this reasons:
"The reason must be sought in its taxonomic uniqueness and complexity of reproductive behavior, belongs to a monospecific family (Dulidae) those which are represented by a single species. That is, it is so rare, it was necessary to create a family and a genus (Dulus) to itself. There are no more than ten families monospecific in the world, and the Cigua Palmera (palmchat) is the only endemic to the Antilles. It is an enigma to scientists how this singular bird exists only in the island of Hispaniola. At the Museum of Natural History in Washington there is a unique diorama for Cigua Palmera. Genetic studies suggest a possible relationship between Dulidae and Bombicillidae, a family native to North America and Europe, which only serves to deepen the mystery".
"The back is olive brown with some green in the wings. The front part is yellowish white with brown vertical streaks. The eyes are reddish. Their behavior is very active and is an excellent hunter in flight. Build a huge communal nest, in which each family have its own "apartment" with a separate exit to the outside, ensuring privacy for each couple".
"Always nest in palms that are not in contact with any other tree, which prevents rats, snakes and man come up to nest. Both male and female feed the young and clean the nest. It is impossible, at first glance to distinguish the male from the female. They feed on fruits, petals, insects and lizards. Are natural reforesters as dispersing seeds of fruit they eat".
Dulidae is a Greek word which means slave, this bird work continuously repairing their nest.
Martes 11 de noviembre de 2008.
Wow, Wonderful Shot!!!
Excellent Mario, the eye & other details are superb....10+++
That is one mighty fine picture Mario
Awesome HDR development, excellent shot. Fascinating bird!