Bird checklists for Melanesian Islands

2007 May 20
by David J. Ringer

DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS — For the past year or so, I have been corresponding with Michael Tarburton about the birds of Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific. For many years, Mike taught at PNG‘s Pacific Adventist University, where I had an awesome day of birding last year. I have appreciated his knowledge, enthusiasm, and helpfulness over the course of our correspondence, and I’m writing now to promote a really incredible resource that he publishes on the Web.

Bird Checklists for 440 Melanesian Islands contains annotated checklists (in PDF form) for islands in eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. Mike has painstakingly collated and formatted thousands of observations into what is, as far as I know, the most comprehensive and detailed resource of its kind anywhere on the Web.

Even my own observations, gathered as I traveled through PNG in 2005 and 2006, found a place in some of the checklists. I never could have imagined that I would be the first to document the introduction of White-naped Friarbirds to Hus Island or the apparent spread of Atoll Starlings to Wuvulu. But discovery is a way of life in the South Pacific, and is an indispensable companion for the adventure.

Related posts:

  1. Solomon Islands birds
  2. Mexico’s Coronado Islands: Brown Boobies, cormorants, oystercatchers, and pinnipeds
  3. PNG bird songs, part two
  4. PNG bird songs, part one

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