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New and noteworthy bird records for Micronesia, 1986–2003

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Micronesica 01/2004; 37:69-96.

ABSTRACT This paper documents noteworthy records of 73 bird species for Micronesia from 1986-2003. We describe six new records for the region, three each for the Mariana and Marshall Islands, two for the Carolines, and 25 new island records. Additional reports are included for species that are either rare or poorly documented for particular islands. Of the 61 species that are not resident in Micronesia, 52 are probably Palearctic in their origin, three are from elsewhere in Oceania, two each are Oriental and Nearctic, and one each is Australasian and Antarctic.

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    ABSTRACT: Abstract—This paper reports on the ,occurrence and abundance ,of 48 migrant and resident bird species observed in the Palau Islands of west- ern Micronesia from 22 April to 17 May 2005. Species accounts are presented for 41 migrants, including 23 shorebirds, eight land birds, seven egrets and herons, and three terns and gulls, and seven resident birds, including four waterbirds, two passerines, and one seabird. Noteworthy sightings include the first record of a Richard’s Pipit (Anthus richardi) in Micronesia, the first confirmed record of a Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea) in Palau, and second published records of Great Egret (Casmerodius alba), Striated Heron (Butorides striata), Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta), Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida), and Gray Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) in Palau. Although we did not observe large numbers of any migrant, four species (Greater Sand-Plover [Charadrius leschenaultii], Common Sandpiper [Actitis hypoleucos], Sharp-tailed Sandpiper [Calidris acuminata], and Eastern Yellow Wagtail [Motacilla tschutschensis]) were recorded in greater numbers,than reported at other locations in Micronesia. Among resident species, we counted a total of 69 Common Moorhens (Gallinula chloropus) at three sites, which represents by far the highest number ever recorded in the archipelago. No Pacific Black Ducks (Anas superciliosa) were sighted, confirming the rarity of this species in Palau. Two popula- Micronesica 39(1):11‐29, 2006
    Micronesica 01/2006; 39:11-29.

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