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 renowned vacation spot for excursions and visitors and one who hasn't ever ahead of had entire field-guide assurance. the canopy big name is the Kagu, the region's such a lot iconic fowl species and a hugely sought-after endemic of latest Caledonia. really good color plates illustrate the 650 species that happen within the sector, allied with concise id textual content and a sequence of distribution color bars. For someone traveling to this far-flung Pacific area, this e-book is necessary.

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Globally Threatened Species (GTS)╇ Species considered to be globally threatened by BirdLife International are assigned one of the following codes, based on IUCN Red List criteria: Loyalties Grande Terre e Temotu e Vanuatu Makira e Rennell e Malaita e New Georgia Bougainville Guadalcanal New Britain Mussau New Ireland ✔ Manus GTS EX (Extinct), CR (Critically Endangered), EN (Endangered), VU (Vulnerable), NT (Near Threatened) or DD (Data Deficient) Dwarf Cassowary Casuarius bennetti Melanesian Megapode Megapodius eremita Vanuatu Megapode Megapodius layardi Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo King Quail Excalfactoria chinensis Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus i Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus i Spotted Whistling Duck Dendrocygna guttata Plumed Whistling Duck Dendrocygna eytoni Wandering Whistling Duck Dendrocygna arcuata Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa Australasian Shoveler Anas rhynchotis Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata v Grey Teal Anas gracilis v Northern Pintail Anas acuta v Garganey Anas querquedula Hardhead Aythya australis Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula Laysan Albatross Phoebastria immutabilis NT Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans VU NT r e e e e VU e i r r i i v r i i v v v v r v i r r r r r r r r r x r r i r r v v x r r r r v v v Northern Royal Albatross Diomedea sanfordi EN Light-mantled Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata NT Campbell Albatross Thalassarche impavida VU Buller’s Albatross Thalassarche bulleri NT Southern Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli v v v v v v v?

In flight, white wing-bar on secondaries only. Lakes, ponds and other fresh water. Sits high or low on water and dives. Rare. Mn Mu NI NB Bv Gu MI NG Mk RI Te Vu Australasian Grebe╇ Tachybaptus novaehollandiae leucosternos Lo GT Page 248 25 cm. Small dumpy waterbird. Adult is dark with yellow spot at bill-base and chestnut on ear-coverts and sides of upper neck. Immature and non-breeding adult have pale face and throat. Yellow or orange eye. In flight, white wing-bar across onto most primaries.

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. In flight, broad plain wings, narrow white rump-band and pale underwing. Waterside grass, freshwater lakes and marshes. Swims, dabbles and grazes. Vagrant. Mn Mu NI NB Bv Gu MI NG Mk RI Te Vu Wandering Whistling Duck╇ Dendrocygna arcuata australis Lo GT Page 228 48 cm.

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