Monday, June 10, 2013

Predation Green Iguana

Populations of the introduced green iguana (Iguana iguana) are becoming extremely dense in many areas of Puerto Rico, including the xeric region of Guanica the southwest region of the island. This trend is likely due in part to the fact that there are no large-bodied native lizards on the island and/or the diversity of potential predators is relatively low (i.e., limited to birds). However, as shown in the picture below, the birds of prey are beginning to exploit this "new" and extremely abundant resource. This juvenile iguana ended its days as the meal of a hawk, possibly a red-tailed hawk. The photo was taken at Guanica Dry Forest.   
Red-Tailied Hawk with a green iguana for feeding (his/her) nestlings

1 comment:

  1. Very Cool! Es un Falconcito (Falco sparverius). Yo le tomé una foto a uno depredando un juvenil en Guánica también. Aqui esta la foto: (