Royal Woodpecker in Cuba

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Subject: Royal Woodpecker in Cuba
From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 17:52:07 +1000
FYI - A Cuba Radio update just to hand, which I know will be of interest to

Havana, September 6 (RHC)-- An expedition of Cuban scientists will
travel to the eastern provinces of Guantanamo and Holguin to search
for the Royal Woodpecker which is in danger of extinction.  The last
time the woodpecker was seen in the area was in 1986.

A local radio station said that the bird is the most colorful
woodpecker in the region.  The Royal Woodpecker has disappeared from
Mexico and the United States and it is believed that some species can
still be found in the eastern mountains of Cuba.

The Cuban experts who are from the Ecology Institute of the Ministry
of Science, Technology and the Environment, will include the region
of Cupeyal del Norte in eastern Guantanamo as part of their research.

Cupeyal del Norte is considered to be one of the country's best
conserved nature areas and with a large number of endemic flora and
fauna found in the Alexander Von Humboldt National Park.

Four similar expeditions have led to the discovery of various new
species of woodpecker, which were once thought to have disappeared.

Bill Jolly

Lockyer Valley, Queensland.

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