About 700 bird species can be observed in the insular Caribbean, of which about 190 are endemic. Several Caribbean bird species are gone extinct since European colonization of the region. Today, about 120 species are considered threatened or near threatened. Major threats to Caribbean-endemic bird species are habitat loss, invasive exotic species and unregulated hunting.
Caribaea Initiative contributes to the conservation of Caribbean-endemic bird species through research programs aiming at providing reliable information on population trends, habitat selection, behaviour, genetic differentiation and movements between islands, and health status of several species, particularly those exposed to strong hunting pressure and habitat destruction.
Projects in progress
Population biology and population genetics of the White-crowned Pigeon, Patagioenas leucocephala, and the Scaly-naped Pigeon, P. Squamosa, in the insular CaribbeanGuadeloupe PhD project
Christopher Cambrone (Guadeloupe)
Spatial variation in the occurrence and relative abundance of four gamebird species in GuadeloupeGuadeloupe PhD project
Aurélie Jean-Pierre (Guadeloupe)
Population biology and population genetics of the La Selle Thrush, Turdus swalesiHaïti PhD project
Jean-Marry Exantus (Haïti)
Use of camera traps to assess the influence of environmental factors on the presence and relative abundance of the Forest Thrush, Turdus lherminieri, in GuadeloupeGuadeloupe Master project
Lens Jerry Saint-Louis (Haïti)
Contribution to the study of the White-breasted Thrasher, Ramphocinclus brachyurus, in MartiniqueMartinique Master project
Steven Son (Martinique)