I am working on a Cuban birds checklist in German, Italian and French. Birding mainly in Zapata Swamp, and Sierra de los Organos in Pinar del Rio.
Another birding place in Topes de Collantes-Trinidad.
Always looking for endemics birds endangered Bee Hummingbird,Zapata Wren,Zapata Rail, Zapata Sparrow, common Cuban Trogon and Cuban Tody. Specialist in cuban owls, Stygian Owl and Cuban Pygmy Owl, always in Zapata Swamp, Bermejas, Santo Tomas, La Salina and Hatiguanico River. Don't forget interesting Gundlach Hawk, endemic Prey, rare to find in Tesoro Lake, Guama. Pinar del Rio is good for Cuban Solitaire, Cuban Green Woodpecker and Bee Hummingbird.
I recomended Route Fermin Z. Cervera begin La Habana, Botanical Garden, travel East Hatiguanico River, Guama, La Salina, Santo Tomas and Bermejas. Three days, and after Pinar del Rio, Vinales,Soroa, Guira, two days, and finally Guanahacabibes Far West, Cuban Tody, Cuban Trogon, Bee Hummingbird and a lot of endemic lizard anolis and boas, genus Tropidophis.
La Habana Botanical Garden, Zapata Swamp, Sierra de los Organos in Pinar del Rio, Topes de Collantes-Trinidad, Bermejas, Santo Tomas, La Salina and Hatiguanico River, Tesoro Lake, Guama, Vinales,Soroa, Guira,Guanahacabibes Far West
Bee Hummingbird,Zapata Wren,Zapata Rail, Zapata Sparrow, common Cuban Trogon and Cuban Tody, Stygian Owl, Cuban Pygmy Owl, Gundlach Hawk, Cuban Solitaire, Cuban Green Woodpecker and Bee Hummingbird
The Cuban Palm Crow, Corvus minutus was recently recognised as a full species and therefore endemic to Cuba. Before that it had been treated in several different ways taxonomically including as a race (or subspecies) of American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos, a race of Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus then as a full species as Cuban Palm Crow C. minutus. This status was then changed again and it was considered.
Then around 20 years ago, several ornithologists (two Cubans, one American) found vocal differences between the Hispaniolan Palm Crow and the Cuban Palm Crow and it was documented by sonograms and on two vinyl albums, "Birds Songs in the Dominican Republic" (1981) and "Birds Song in Cuba" (1988). However, this was not considered evidence for full species recognition by international ornithological organizations, so the Cuban Palm Crow became known as a race of Hispaniolan Palm Crow Corvus palmarum for the next 15 years.
In 2015 Pedro Regalado sent the report of his five-year study on the ecology and behaviour of the two species of Cuba's crows, Cuban Crow and the Cuban Palm Crow and its differences with the Hispaniolan Palm Crow to the Neotropical Bird Club (U.K) for publication in their peer-reviewed journal Cotinga. This paper made the case for Cuban Palm Crow to be admitted as a full species with data supporting the vocal differences described in 1996 by his partners.
Later, at the 21st International Conference of BirdsCaribbean held in Cuba in July of 2017, this research was acknowledged and finally Cuban Palm Crow was recognised and supported as full species, endemic to Cuba, based on distinct ecological as well as vocal differences.
This an excellent outcome, not only for Cuban ornithology, but to highlight the conservation measures needed for the species.
Vi ales Valley, La Guira, Zapata Penisula and Swamp, Cayo Coco,Cayo Guillermo, Najasa.