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The birds of Kapingamarangi Atoll, including first record of the Shining Cuckoo ( Chysococcyx lucidus ) from Micronesia

TitleThe birds of Kapingamarangi Atoll, including first record of the Shining Cuckoo ( Chysococcyx lucidus ) from Micronesia
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsBuden, DW
JournalNotornis
Volume45
Issue2
Pagination141-152
Type of Articlepaper
Keywordsavifauna, Chrysococcyx, distribution, Kapingamarangi, Micronesia
Abstract

Twenty species of birds are recorded from Kapingamarangi Atoll, southern Micronesia, 14 sea- and shorebirds and six land birds. Eleven are documented or probable breeders or former breeders. The Micronesian Starling (Aplonis opaca) is the only native, resident land bird, and it is common and widespread, averaging 5.7 birds ha-1 atoll-wide among the 31 islands. A kingfisher is reported from Kapingamarangi for the first time, and a recently collected specimen of Shining Cuckoo (Chysococcyx lucidus) is the first record for Micronesia and first report of the nominate (New Zealand) subspecies north of the Bismark Archipelago.

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