First Specimen Record of the Barn Owl Tyto alba in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles

The cosmopolitan Barn Owl Tyto alba (Scopoli) lives on many Caribbean islands, where a number of morphologically distinct forms have evolved. Some of these forms have been considered separate species, like the taxa glaucops, nigrescens, and insularis on Hispaniola and the Lesser Antilles (Peters, 1940; Bruce in Del Hoyo et al., 1999; Ko¨nig et al., 1999). In the Netherlands Antilles (southern Caribbean) only Curac¸ao is known to have a breeding Barn Owl population. This endemic form, known as bargei, differs markedly from the taxa of the nearby mainland by its small size and relatively well-feathered feet

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