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Movements and resource selection of the Scaly-naped Pigeon and Plain Pigeon in private lands of east-central Puerto Rico


July 2007 - June 2012


The scaly-naped pigeon (Patagioneas squamosa) is a common resident of montane forests of the West Indies. The species is an important game species in Puerto Rico and are highly coveted by sportsmen who hunt the mesic forest regions of the island. The Plain Pigeon (Patagioneas inornata) is a large arboreal columbid of open woodlands of the Greater Antilles. The subspecies of Plain Pigeon in Puerto Rico is considered rare and is listed as endangered. Plain pigeons have experienced historical declines throughout their range in the Caribbean. Our objectives of this research are to; 1) determine plain pigeon and scaly-naped pigeon movement patterns, 2) determine survival of scaly-naped pigeon and plain pigeon, 3) determine resource selection patterns, and, 4) use space-use models to assess habitat suitability.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 238

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 673

Scientific Publications: 1905

Presentations: 4236




Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey