By Guy C. L. Dutson
Birds of Melanesia Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia (Princeton box courses)
Melanesia harbors an grand variety of endemic poultry species and subspecies, lots of that are poorly recognized.
Birds of Melanesia is the 1st complete box consultant to all 501 species present in the Bismarck Archipelago, Bougainville, the Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia.
This superbly illustrated consultant beneficial properties 86 colour plates that depict nearly each species--including many endemic subspecies--and a number of the plates are prepared through island team for simple reference.
Detailed species debts describe key id beneficial properties and distribution, in addition to key positive aspects for all subspecies.
Distribution bars also are given for all species other than severe vagrants.
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Extra info for Birds of Melanesia Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia
1992) Birds of Vanuatu. Anthony Nelson, Oswestry, UK. Christidis, L. & Boles, W. E. (2007) Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. Coates, B. J. (1985–1990) The Birds of Papua New Guinea. Volumes I and II. Dove Publications, Alderley, Australia. Coates, B. , Bishop, K. D. & Gardner, D. (1997) A Guide to the Birds of Wallacea. Dove Publications, Alderley, Australia. Hadden, D. (2004) Birds and Bird Lore of Bougainville and the North Solomons. Dove Publications, Alderley, Australia.
Oxford University Press, New York. Pratt, H. , Bruner, P. L. & Barrett, D. G. (1987) The Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific. Princeton University Press, Princeton, USA. Steadman, D. W. (2006) Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University of Chicago Press, London. Watling, D. (2004) A Guide to the Birds of Fiji and Western Polynesia. Environmental Consultants (Fiji), Suva, Fiji. Anyone studying Melanesian ornithology is also referred to journal papers. org. Most of the newer papers can be found by searching the internet but some journals such as Muruk, the discontinued Newsletter of the PNG Birdwatching Society and Le Cagou are not currently indexed on the internet and have to be searched manually.
Efate Efate has several of Vanuatu’s lowland endemic species and a range of open-country and coastal species including Blue-faced Parrotfinch at the golf course. There are no specific birdwatching sites but it is best to ask in town for access to old-growth forest where there is a chance of seeing Vanuatu Megapode and even Royal Parrotfinch. org/vanbirds will indicate a range of interesting islands to explore. A trip to Emae or TongoaÂ€gives the best opportunity to see Royal Parrotfinch. Boat trips, especially off the islands of Vanua Lava, Mere Lava and Tanna, give an opportunity to see shearwaters and petrels including Vanuatu Petrel.