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New Behavioral, Ecological, and Biogeographic Data on the Avifauna of Rennell, Solomon Islands

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Title: New Behavioral, Ecological, and Biogeographic Data on the Avifauna of Rennell, Solomon Islands
Authors: Filardi, Christopher E.
Smith, Catherine E.
Kratter, Andrew W.
Steadman, David W.
Webb, H Price
Issue Date: Oct 1999
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Filardi CE, Smith CE, Kratter AW, Steadman DW, Webb HP. 1999. New behavioral, ecological, and biogeographic data on the avifauna of Rennell, Solomon Islands. Pac Sci 53(4): 319-340.
Abstract: During an expedition to Rennell, Solomon Islands, from 20 to 30
June 1997, we collected specimen and observational data that add to our understanding
of this island's unique avifauna. We observed three species previously
unrecorded on Rennell: a putative caprimulgid species, the Tree Martin (Hirundo
nigricans), and the Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae),
suggesting that further research will add to the known Rennell avifauna. In
combination with previous work, our specimen data suggest that many Rennellese
land birds have prolonged breeding seasons typical of those of birds of lowland
tropical regions. Our observations indicate that two species, the Great
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) and the Singing Starling (Aplonis cantoroides),
have colonized Rennell and increased in abundance over the past several
decades. Reported initially as vagrants, the population establishment and increases
of these two species portend the importance of vagrant species on
islands subjected to increased human disturbance.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 53, Number 4, 1999

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