Birds of Melanesia Bismarcks, Solomons, Vanuatu, and New by Guy C. L. Dutson

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 accomplished box consultant to all 501 species present in the Bismarck Archipelago, Bougainville, the Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia.
This fantastically illustrated consultant gains 86 colour plates that depict nearly each species--including many endemic subspecies--and some of the plates are prepared through island team for simple reference.
Detailed species debts describe key identity beneficial properties and distribution, in addition to key good points for all subspecies.
Distribution bars also are given for all species other than severe vagrants.

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Brown duck with greyer face, dark cap, white round spots on neck, breast and flanks, and dark red-brown legs. In flight, broad plain wings, relatively short neck and plain dark brown rump. Freshwater marshes and lakes. Swims, dabbles, grazes short grass and often perches in trees. Fairly common. Mn Mu NI NB Bv Gu MI NG Mk RI Te Vu Plumed Whistling Duck╇ Dendrocygna eytoni Lo GT Page 228 51 cm. Pale brown duck with long buff flank-plumes which extend over wings, pink legs, pink on bill and pale eye.

Sanford’s Sea Eagle Vulnerable Forest loss; hunting Imitator Goshawk Vulnerable Forest loss Makira Woodhen Critically Endangered Introduced predators? Yellow-legged Pigeon Vulnerable Forest loss; hunting Chestnut-bellied Imperial Pigeon Vulnerable Forest loss; hunting Fearful Owl Vulnerable Forest loss Moustached Kingfisher Vulnerable Introduced predators? Black-faced Pitta Vulnerable Introduced predators? ) Guadalcanal Thrush Vulnerable Tiny range and population Temotu Santa Cruz Ground Dove Endangered Introduced predators?

Finally, Mayr’s Swiftlet is listed as Data Deficient which means that it may be threatened but there is insufficient information to know either way. Extinct species Three endemic species are generally accepted to have become extinct since being collected by western explorers in the late 1800s or early 1900s: Choiseul Pigeon, Thick-billed Ground Dove and Tanna Ground Dove. These lived on the ground and were probably exterminated by cats or dogs. Other species such as New Caledonian Rail, New Caledonian Lorikeet, New Caledonian Nightjar and New Caledonian Owlet-nightjar are likely to have become extinct, but there is some hope that they survive and they are still formally listed as threatened.

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