birding-aus Birds of the Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia

Subject: birding-aus Birds of the Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 16:41:47 +1100
I've just been looking at a copy of The Birds of the Solomons, Vanuatu and
New Caledonia, by Doughty, Day and Plant.

It's a very nice book, and great for armchair birding (these locations are
yet more of the places I'll never get to :-( ). No surprises in seeing
which groups have radiated in these islands (White-eyes, pigeons,

I just thought, though, that there were two things that could have been
added to the book to make it much more valuable:

1. A set of more detailed maps of the three island groups (obviously if
you're going there you'll get better maps, but for armchair birders and for
quick reference....)
2. There is a gap between Beeher et al The Birds of New Guinea and this
book, consisting of the islands of New Britain and New Ireland. Granted
that these islands are very little known, but couldn't the authors have
printed a provisional check-list to the birds of those two islands as an
appendix, marking those birds found in New Guinea, those found in the
Solomons, the rest being the endemics?

John Leonard

John Leonard (Dr),
PO Box 243,
Woden, ACT 2606,

To unsubscribe from this list, please send a message to

Include ONLY "unsubscribe birding-aus" in the message body (without the

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU