By Guy C. L. Dutson
This new Helm box consultant covers the species-rich Melanesia area of the south-west Pacific, from New Caledonia and the Solomons in the course of the Bismarcks to Vanuatu, an more and more well known vacation spot for excursions and guests and one who hasn't ever sooner than had entire field-guide assurance. the canopy megastar is the Kagu, the region's such a lot iconic poultry species and a hugely sought-after endemic of recent Caledonia. extraordinary color plates illustrate the 650 species that take place within the area, allied with concise id textual content and a chain of distribution color bars. For a person traveling to this far-flung Pacific sector, this ebook is fundamental.
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Pale brown duck with long buff flank-plumes which extend over wings, pink legs, pink on bill and pale eye. In flight, broad plain wings, narrow white rump-band and pale underwing. Waterside grass, freshwater lakes and marshes. Swims, dabbles and grazes. Vagrant. Mn Mu NI NB Bv Gu MI NG Mk RI Te Vu Wandering Whistling Duckâ•‡ Dendrocygna arcuata australis Lo GT Page 228 48 cm. Reddish-brown duck with dark cap, paler neck, short white flank-plumes and black legs. In flight, broad dark wings with chestnut upperwing-coverts, white rump and dark underwing.
Palm Lorikeet Vulnerable Forest loss Santa Cruz Shrikebill Endangered Unknown Vanuatu Vanuatu Megapode Vulnerable Forest loss Vanuatu Petrel Endangered? Introduced predators? Polynesian Storm Petrel* Endangered Introduced predators? Santa Cruz Ground Dove Endangered Introduced predators? indd 34 4/7/11 17:06:13 New Caledonia Gould’s Petrel* Vulnerable Introduced predators? Polynesian Storm Petrel* Endangered Introduced predators? Australasian Bittern* Endangered Loss of wetlands Kagu Endangered Introduced predators Critically Endangered Introduced predators?
All of the endemic species and subspecies can be seen in roadside hill forest from the cross-island road, except for Malaita Fantail which is confined to the highest altitudes and requires a specific multi-day trek. A rail similar to Woodford’s Rail, but of unknown taxonomic status, can be seen on the coastal road. Makira (San Cristobal) Anyone visiting Makira should arrange a trip with the land-holders from Hauta and East Bauro. These are best organised in advance through local guest-houses. With the birding knowledge of these trained guides, physically fit visitors can hope to see Yellow-legged Pigeon, Makira Thrush and a fantastic suite of endemics.
Birds of Melanesia: Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia by Guy C. L. Dutson