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 throughout the Bismarcks to Vanuatu, an more and more well known vacation spot for excursions and guests and one who hasn't ever earlier than had whole field-guide insurance. the canopy megastar is the Kagu, the region's such a lot iconic poultry species and a hugely sought-after endemic of latest Caledonia. marvelous color plates illustrate the 650 species that ensue within the quarter, allied with concise id textual content and a chain of distribution color bars. For a person vacationing to this far-flung Pacific area, this publication is critical.
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2006) Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University of Chicago Press, London. Watling, D. (2004) A Guide to the Birds of Fiji and Western Polynesia. Environmental Consultants (Fiji), Suva, Fiji. Anyone studying Melanesian ornithology is also referred to journal papers. org. Most of the newer papers can be found by searching the internet but some journals such as Muruk, the discontinued Newsletter of the PNG Birdwatching Society and Le Cagou are not currently indexed on the internet and have to be searched manually.
Diamond, J. (2001) The Birds of Northern Melanesia: Speciation, Ecology and Biogeography. Oxford University Press, New York. Pratt, H. , Bruner, P. L. & Barrett, D. G. (1987) The Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific. Princeton University Press, Princeton, USA. Steadman, D. W. (2006) Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. University of Chicago Press, London. Watling, D. (2004) A Guide to the Birds of Fiji and Western Polynesia. Environmental Consultants (Fiji), Suva, Fiji. Anyone studying Melanesian ornithology is also referred to journal papers.
Rare. Mn Mu NI NB Bv Gu MI NG Mk RI Te Vu Hardheadâ•‡ Aythya australis Lo GT Page 231 52 cm. Diving duck. Plain chestnut or chocolate-brown with white undertail-coverts. Male has white eye and blue on bill. Female has dark eye and duller bill. In flight, broad white upperwing-bar, white underwings and white belly. Large lakes. Rests on water and dives. Uncommon. Mn Mu NI NB Bv Gu MI NG Mk RI Te Vu Tufted Duckâ•‡ Aythya fuligula Lo GT Page 232 44 cm. Diving duck. Male is black and white with crest which is variable and sometimes absent.