Bird fauna of Niue Island in 1994-95
|Title||Bird fauna of Niue Island in 1994-95|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2000|
|Authors||Powlesland, RG, Hay, JR, Powlesland, MH|
|Type of Article||paper|
|Keywords||bird fauna, management, Niue Island|
An annotated checklist of the bird species of Niue Island in the southwest Pacific is provided from published and unpublished sources, and from observations during April-May, September, and December 1994. Results for common species were derived from five-minute counts, numbers seen per kilometre while travelling by motorcycle along roads, and single species surveys. The number of species on Niue is 31 (6 seabirds, 10 shorebirds, and 15 land birds). The common noddy (Anous stolidus) was confined as nesting on the island. Recommendations are made for the future management of the hunted Pacific pigeon (Ducula pacifica) and the scarce blue-crowned lory (Vini australis).