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14 December 2018 Sixty years on: birds of the Sierra del Carmen, Coahuila, Mexico, revisited
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The rugged peaks of the Sierra del Carmen, Coahuila, visible from the Chisos Mountains in Texas, have tempted birdwatchers for decades, yet few have accessed the range, and its avifauna is poorly known. Based primarily on our own observations, supplemented by the literature, museum holdings and eBird records, we present an updated list of the region's avifauna. This list comprises 301 species, 137 of which breed in the region. As in previous surveys, we found bird species characteristic of both the intermontane West and tropical mountains to the south. We confirm that the Sierra del Carmen is slightly less speciose than sky islands of the Sierra Madre Occidental. Nevertheless, it is the northernmost outpost or migratory stopover of several regionally and globally rare species, and could serve as a stepping stone for species moving north with climate change. Although not a centre of endemism, the Sierra del Carmen is a vital and unique region for avian diversity.

© 2018 The Authors; This is an open‐access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Licence, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Eliot T. Miller, John E. McCormack, Greg Levandoski, and Bonnie R. McKinney "Sixty years on: birds of the Sierra del Carmen, Coahuila, Mexico, revisited," Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 138(4), 318-334, (14 December 2018). https://doi.org/10.25226/bboc.v138i4.2018.a4
Received: 5 July 2018; Published: 14 December 2018
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