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Migrant Land Birds and Water Birds in the Mariana Islands

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Title:Migrant Land Birds and Water Birds in the Mariana Islands
Authors:Stinson, D.W.
Wiles, Gary J.
Reichel, J.D.
Date Issued:Jul 1997
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Stinson DW, Wiles GJ, Reichel JD. 1997. Migrant land birds and water birds in the Mariana Islands. Pac Sci 51(3): 314-327.
Abstract:Approximately 56 species of land and freshwater birds have been
recorded as migrants or vagrants in the Mariana Islands, but few occur in substantial
numbers. Common migrants include the Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula), Northern
Pintail (Anas acuta), and Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis). Several other heron and duck
species appear most years in small numbers. The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
is the only regular migrant land bird. A similar assemblage of herons and waterfowl
has been reported from the Ogasawara and Iwo Islands to the north. Many more
species of migrant land birds occur in the Ogasawara and Iwo groups and in Palau
to the southwest, which are closer to large land masses.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 51, Number 3, 1997

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