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By Guy C. L. Dutson

This new Helm box advisor covers the species-rich Melanesia area 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 one who hasn't ever sooner than had entire field-guide assurance. the canopy famous person is the Kagu, the region's so much iconic chicken species and a hugely sought-after endemic of recent Caledonia. outstanding color plates illustrate the 650 species that happen within the zone, allied with concise identity textual content and a sequence of distribution color bars. For someone traveling to this far-flung Pacific quarter, this ebook is quintessential.

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Sooty Terns are commonly seen at sea but nest on only a handful of islets. Guy Dutson. indd 51 4/7/11 17:06:18 PLATE 1: GREBES, WHISTLING DUCKS AND DIVING DUCKS Little Grebe╇ Tachybaptus ruficollis Page 247 25 cm. Small dumpy waterbird. Adult is dark with yellow spot at bill-base and chestnut face and neck. Immature and nonbreeding adult have pale face and throat. Dark red eye. In flight, white wing-bar on secondaries only. Lakes, ponds and other fresh water. Sits high or low on water and dives.

All of the endemic species and subspecies can be seen in roadside hill forest from the cross-island road, except for Malaita Fantail which is confined to the highest altitudes and requires a specific multi-day trek. A rail similar to Woodford’s Rail, but of unknown taxonomic status, can be seen on the coastal road. Makira (San Cristobal) Anyone visiting Makira should arrange a trip with the land-holders from Hauta and East Bauro. These are best organised in advance through local guest-houses. With the birding knowledge of these trained guides, physically fit visitors can hope to see Yellow-legged Pigeon, Makira Thrush and a fantastic suite of endemics.

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