We report the first nesting events to the American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus on Margarita Island, Nueva Esparta State, Venezuela. Nesting records were obtained opportunistically while we were searching for nests of other shorebird species. Our observations consisted of two nests found in June 2021 on the eastern beaches of the town El Horcón, and one sighting of a pair of adults with two juveniles at Arapano lagoon in Laguna de La Restinga National Park. From one of the nests, we had evidence of the hatching of at least two chicks. In June 2022, we found an additional nest on the western beaches of El Horcón, and later a pair with a fledgling, probably hatched from the nest previously found. Clutch sizes ranged from 1–3 eggs. Sites used for nesting were beaches or sandy terraces close to water, with sparse and creeping or low vegetation. This work adds a new region with nesting records for this species in Venezuela, for a total of five. Future assessments will surely increase the number of breeding localities used by this species in the country.
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D'Angelo, Virginia Sanz; Angelozzi-Blanco, Gianco; and Bernay-Alfonzo, Wilber
"Primeros registros de anidación del Caracolero Haematopus palliatus en la Isla de Margarita, Venezuela / First Nesting Records of the American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus on Margarita Island, Venezuela,"
Revista Venezolana de Ornitología: Vol. 12
, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usf.edu/rvo/vol12/iss1/3