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Additions to the Chatham Islands' bird list, with further records of vagrant and colonising bird species

TitleAdditions to the Chatham Islands' bird list, with further records of vagrant and colonising bird species
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsMiskelly, CM, Bester, AJ, Bell, M
JournalNotornis
Volume53
Issue2
Pagination215-230
Type of Articlearticle
Keywordsavifauna, biogeography, birds, Chatham Islands, checklist, coloniser, vagrant
Abstract

182 bird taxa have been recorded from the Chatham Is archipelago, including 32 reported here that are additional to the most recently published reviews in 1990 and 1994. Nine of these new records are from subfossil bone deposits; the remaining 23 are new records of vagrants or colonists, although 2 result from taxonomic revision of albatross species, where it is not clear how many terminal taxa had been recorded before 1994. Antipodean albatross (Diomedea antipodensis), Salvin’s mollymawk (Thalassarche salvini), and Indian yellow-nosed mollymawk (T. carteri) were recorded breeding on the Chatham Is for the 1st time since 1994, with the latter being the 1st breeding record for the New Zealand region. Notable among the list of over 100 vagrant species recorded from the Chatham Is are the only New Zealand records to date of Atlantic yellow-nosed mollymawk (T. chlororhynchos), and willie wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys).

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