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Birds of the Snares Islands, New Zealand

TitleBirds of the Snares Islands, New Zealand
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsMiskelly, CM, Sagar, PM, Tennyson, AJD, Scofield, PR
Type of Articlepaper
Keywordsbiogeography, breeding ecology, distribution, population estimate, Snares Islands, subantarctic

Bird records from the Snares Islands between Dec 1982 and Oct 2000 are summarised. Population estimates and distributions are given for the 29 breeding species. Bird species recorded breeding on the Snares Is for the first time since 1982 were southern black-browed albatross (Diomedea melanophrys), Chatham Island albatross (D. eremita), mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), southern black-backed gull (Larus dominicanus), fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa), and starling (Sturnus vulgaris). Fantails are now abundant on the Snares Is. Published work on the breeding chronology and breeding success of 8 intensively studied species is summarised, and new information on breeding ecology is presented for all breeding species. Sighting of 70 non-breeding and vagrant species are summarised; 34 of these were new records from the Snares Is since 1980. The total bird list for the Snares Is is now 99 species, with a further 8 species reported from boats offshore.

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