Friday, August 18, 2017

Vagrant and extra-limital bird records accepted by the Birds New Zealand Records Appraisal Committee 2015-2016

TitleVagrant and extra-limital bird records accepted by the Birds New Zealand Records Appraisal Committee 2015-2016
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsMiskelly, CM, Crossland, AC, Sagar, PM, Saville, I, Tennyson, AJD, Bell, EA
JournalNotornis
Volume64
Issue2
Pagination57-67
Type of ArticleFull article
KeywordsAustralian wood duck, extra-limital, first breeding record, first record, glossy ibis, Herald petrel, Laughing gull, magpie-lark, New Zealand bird, northern fulmar, red-footed booby, vagrant
Abstract

We report Records Appraisal Committee (RAC) decisions regarding Unusual Bird Reports received between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016. Among the 113 submissions accepted by the RAC were the first New Zealand records of northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis), Herald petrel (Pterodroma heraldica), red-footed booby (Sula sula), laughing gull (Larus atricilla) and magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), the first breeding records for Australian wood duck (Chenonetta jubata) and glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), and the second accepted records of shy mollymawk (Thalassarche cauta cauta), great shearwater (Puffinus gravis) and Cape gannet (Morus capensis). Other notable records included a pair of white-winged black terns (Chlidonias leucopterus) breeding in the Mackenzie basin, and the first record of pukeko (Porphyrio melanotus) from the Snares Islands. In addition, notable influxes of brown booby (Sula leucogaster) and great frigatebird (Fregata minor) occurred during 2015-16.

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