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Oiseaux de mer

Birds seen in Cuba

Anhingidae, Alcids, Diomedeidae, Fregatidae, Hydrobatidae, Laridae, Pelecanidae, Phalacrocoracidae, Procellariidae & Sulidae

Lives, Habitats & Pictures of the Seabirds

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A male Forster's Tern in breeding plumage flying over Hillman's Marsh with an impaled  minnow on 
its' bill,  near Leamington, Ontario, Canada

There are many types of seabirds and most species can be seen along the different coasts of Cuba. Other seabirds described as pelagic are the ones, who remain out in the open ocean. These birds may nest on the mainland or on islands out in the seas, where there is less chance of land predators eating their eggs or their young.

Included in these seabirds are the gulls, terns, kittiwakes, jaegers, skua, shearwaters, storm-petrels, gannet, boobies, cormorants, pelicans, tropicbirds, frigatebird, noddy, and skimmer. All of these bird species can be seen at one time or another on the oceans and some of these bird species can be found on fresh water.

Most seabirds at one time or another can be seen flying along coastlines or overland, some by choice and others pushed off course by bad weather and strong winds.

The birds and the bird species identified above are a general summary of the seabirds of Cuba. There is hybridizing among the species which creates sub-species and these should be identified on an individual basis and there are others that may be vagrants from the surrounding continents.

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Classic Collection of North American Birds