By Guy C. L. Dutson
This new Helm box consultant covers the species-rich Melanesia quarter 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 visitors and person who hasn't ever earlier than had entire field-guide assurance. the canopy superstar is the Kagu, the region's so much iconic fowl species and a hugely sought-after endemic of latest Caledonia. outstanding color plates illustrate the 650 species that ensue within the area, allied with concise id textual content and a sequence of distribution color bars. For a person traveling to this far-flung Pacific zone, this publication is vital.
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Indd 30 4/7/11 17:06:10 New Caledonia supports large areas of unique scrubby maquis habitat. Although of limited interest to birdwatchers, this is a botanical hotspot but much has been degraded by mining activity. Guy Dutson. 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.
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? New Caledonian Rail Fairy Tern* New Caledonian Lorikeet Vulnerable Introduced predators; disturbance Critically Endangered Introduced predators?
Land-slips often create extensive areas of impenetrable thickets. Guy Dutson. indd 28 4/7/11 17:06:07 Unsustainable logging is the greatest threat to Melanesian birds. This lowland forest on Choiseul has been logged lightly, probably supports the full complement of bird species, and has the potential to regenerate. Guy Dutson. Choiseul Few birdwatchers have visitedÂ€Choiseul and there are no specific areas to go birdwatching. A Zoothera thrush of poorly known taxonomic status is known from one specimen from the highest mountain but the Choiseul Pigeon is certainly extinct.