At 9 a.m. on 29 April 1987, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Manager J erome Carroll found the carcass of a Cuban Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva fulva) near the refuge headquarters air conditioning unit. The headquarters is located 6.2 miles weston Ft. Morgan Rd., in Gulf Shores, AL. The Cave Swallow looks similar to the Cliff Swallow except for the deep chestnut forehead (the Cliff Swallow has a whitish forehead) and the evenly buff-colored throat (the Cliff Swallow has a dark russet throat sharply separated from a light breast). Realizing the uniqueness of his find, Mr. Carroll packed the swallow in dry ice and sent it to The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., for species confirmation.
Author: Erica B. Bass
Volume Number: 35 Year Published: 1988
Issue Number: 2-3
Page Number: 22
Link to article: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/1988/Vol 35 No. 2 ,3_1988_p22-23.pdf
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