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

By Guy C. L. Dutson

This new Helm box advisor covers the species-rich Melanesia zone of the south-west Pacific, from New Caledonia and the Solomons during the Bismarcks to Vanuatu, an more and more well known vacation spot for excursions and travelers and one who hasn't ever ahead of had whole field-guide insurance. the canopy superstar is the Kagu, the region's so much iconic chicken species and a hugely sought-after endemic of recent Caledonia. brilliant color plates illustrate the 650 species that take place within the area, allied with concise identity textual content and a chain of distribution color bars. For a person traveling to this far-flung Pacific zone, this booklet is vital.

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Gizo White-eye is fairly common along roads a couple of kilometres out of town and Solomons Sea Eagles€are often seen. Vella Lavella, Ranongga, Rendova, Tetepare, Vangunu€and New Georgia These islands support€endemic white-eyes but are rarely visited, and birdwatchers have to arrange transport, accommodation and access in advance. The white-eyes are generally widespread but the endemic monarch subspecies€take much more time to find. org. Birdwatching can also be good around the ecotourism lodges on New Georgia and Vangunu, but all the species on these islands can be seen on Kolombangara.

Santa) Isabel Many birdwatchers€have visited the village of Tirotonga, a two-hour walk above Buala, to see some of the Solomons’ rarest birds. €Where possible, the village should be contacted in advance of any visit. Gizo In Gizo, birdwatchers can hire boats and contact local land-owners for visiting the€New Georgia group of islands. Gizo White-eye is fairly common along roads a couple of kilometres out of town and Solomons Sea Eagles€are often seen. Vella Lavella, Ranongga, Rendova, Tetepare, Vangunu€and New Georgia These islands support€endemic white-eyes but are rarely visited, and birdwatchers have to arrange transport, accommodation and access in advance.

Thus, the Solomons includes Bougainville (administered by Papua New Guinea), whilst the outlying islands of Makira, Rennell and Temotu (all belonging to the Solomons) have separate passerine plate sections due to their distinct avifaunas. These plate groupings are colour-coded in their headers for ease of use. This arrangement has inevitably resulted in a few images being repeated on two or more plates, although in many cases the forms on different island groups are represented by separate subspecies.

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