New distribution records of collared petrel (Pterodroma brevipes) in Fiji and development of a rapid assessment monitoring method
|Title||New distribution records of collared petrel (Pterodroma brevipes) in Fiji and development of a rapid assessment monitoring method|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||O'Brien, M, Bird, JP, O'Connor, E, Qalo, P, Fraser, M, Watling, D|
|Type of Article||Full article|
|Keywords||breeding, Collared petrel, Fiji, Pterodroma, survey methods|
Nocturnal surveys for collared petrel (Pterodroma brevipes) indicate significant variation in the number of birds reported by site, time of year, and survey method. Collared petrels were recorded at 3 new islands within Fiji in 2011. These records indicate that locating collared petrels requires focussed survey effort, although they do not definitively confirm breeding on the islands, for which ground-based searches would be required. When visiting sites where there has been no recent evidence of collared petrel breeding, surveys should be undertaken between February and April (at the start of the breeding season), should use an active method of survey comprising both light for attraction and playback and/or with ‘war whooping’, and should be repeated at a number of sites before concluding that an island holds no breeding birds.