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 quarter of the south-west Pacific, from New Caledonia and the Solomons during the Bismarcks to Vanuatu, an more and more renowned vacation spot for excursions and guests and one who hasn't ever earlier than had entire field-guide assurance. the canopy celebrity is the Kagu, the region's so much iconic fowl species and a hugely sought-after endemic of recent Caledonia. remarkable color plates illustrate the 650 species that happen within the quarter, allied with concise identity textual content and a sequence of distribution color bars. For someone vacationing to this far-flung Pacific area, this ebook is quintessential.

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Birdwatchers can make a special effort to find and document threatened species: BirdLife International and the author would appreciate any information on threatened species to feed into conservation efforts and to update their threat assessments. indd 33 4/7/11 17:06:13 Globally threatened species breeding in Melanesia Species IUCN Threat Status (2010) Key threats Admiralties Heinroth’s Shearwater Vulnerable Introduced predators? Manus Masked Owl Vulnerable Forest loss Superb Pitta Vulnerable Introduced predators?

The non-passerine plates are ordered taxonomically, except for a few species that have been moved to appear next to unrelated but easily confused species. The passerine plates, however, are divided into groups of plates for each of the main island groups: Bismarcks, Solomons, Makira, Rennell, Temotu, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. These groupings reflect broad biogeographical divisions, rather political boundaries. 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.

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