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White Crown Pigeon Release featured in DoE Newsletter

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White Crown Pigeon Release featured in DoE Newsletter
07Oct 2014

October 7th 2014…… The Cayman Turtle Centre release programme for the White-crowned Pigeon (WCP) (Patagioenas leucocephala) was featured in the October-November issue of Flicker – the bimonthly bulletin of the Cayman Islands Department of Environment Terrestrial Resources Unit.


The article was written by CTF Curator, Terrestrial Exhibits & Education Programmes Geddes Hislop, who manages the bird release programmes at Cayman Turtle Centre.


The White-crowned Pigeon, locally known as the Bald-Pate, is an indigenous species distributed throughout the Western Caribbean, the Central American Caribbean coastline and the southern tip of Florida. WCPs normally feed on wild berries and fruits of hardwood trees and mangroves. Birds are usually solitary, but they can form large flocks while foraging for food, especially in the non-breeding season.


The Caribbean Aviary is one of the visitor attractions at the Cayman Turtle Centre (CTF) and is the center for the White-crowned Pigeon captive breeding and release project.


CTF has three such conservation programmes including the Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the more recent Cayman Parrot (Amazona leucocephala caymanensis) release projects.


The full article can be found on the Department of Environment website at


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