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In my previous post the use of the quote from Bond (1936) was not meant as
proof that the honeycreeper was not introduced in Cuba.  The intent was to
document that the original introduction, if there was one, was not "recent"
since Bond found the species to be "widely distributed through the island"
in the 1930s.  Since there is no documentation of these "early
introductions" statements about the original source of the island's
population must be speculative.

I certainly cannot rule out that there may have been recent
introductions.  This might explain the difference between Raffaele, et al
(1998), who call the species rare and local, and the recent post which
seems to indicate that they are common and widespread.
Later...

Noel Wamer
Jacksonville, FL, US
Mosaics by Noel & Terry - http://home.attbi.com/~terrywest/

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