Monday, November 19, 2018

Evidence for year-round breeding of birds in the Samoan islands, in the context of the Australasian and South Pacific regions

TitleEvidence for year-round breeding of birds in the Samoan islands, in the context of the Australasian and South Pacific regions
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsTarburton, MK
JournalNotornis
Volume65
Issue2
Pagination92-108
Type of ArticleFull article
Keywordsbreeding, Samoan islands
Abstract

This paper summarises the variations in breeding periodicity in the Australasian - South Pacific region, including recent evidence contrary to previous knowledge. Birds shown to breed in the Samoan islands throughout the year are white-tailed tropicbird (Phäethon lepturus), white-rumped swiftlet (Aerodramus spodiopygius), buff-banded rail (Gallirallus philippensis), brown noddy (Anous stolidus), white tern (Gygis alba) and wattled honeyeater (Foulchaio carunculata). In addition, crimson-crowned fruit-dove (Ptilinopus porphyraceus), blue noddy (Procelsterna caerulea), cardinal honeyeater (Myzomela cardinalis) and Polynesian triller (Lalage maculosa) breed in at least 9 months of the year. The Samoan whistler (Pachycephala flavifrons) has been found breeding in 8 months and the Samoan starling (Aplornis atrifusca) in 7 months of the year.

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