Sooty Tern in New Caledonia,Solomons & Vanuatu

To: "Birding Aus" <>, "John Penhallurick" <>
Subject: Sooty Tern in New Caledonia,Solomons & Vanuatu
From: "Mike Tarburton" <>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 19:58:36 +1000
G'Day John & Birding Ausers

Matthew Island has a large colony of Sooty Terns (10,000) fide     Barritt, 
R.H.  1976.  A visit to Matthew and Hunter Islands, two little known islands in 
the Hunter Island Ridge, south-east by east of the New Hebrides chain, by HMS 
Hydra, surveying
                                 ship, 26th June 1974.  Sea Swallow 25: 13-15.

Matthew Island is a disputed island with both New Caledonia and Vanuatu 
claiming it - but presumably that problem has not chased the birds away since 

Immature birds have been observed on Shortland Island in the Western Solomon 
Islands so there is probably a breeding colony near there.     Greensmith, A. 
1975. Some notes on Melanesian seabirds. Sunbird  6: 77-89.

So both Doughty and Garnett are wrong.  Actually there are many errors in 
Doughty's book.  I have worked up checklists for 370 Melanesian islands with 
annotations and references and they are supposed to go onto our University home 
page this week.  If Sooty Terns nested throughout Melanesia I think I would 
have found more references than these.

I have seen immatures just South of Tench Island in PNG but I do not think you 
are including PNG in your question.  I also found a large colony in Fiji but 
that is also a bit far away.



Dr Mike Tarburton
Dean: School of Science and Technology
Pacific Adventist University
PMB, Boroko
Papua New Guinea

> ----------
> From:          on behalf of John 
> Penhallurick
> Sent:         22 May 2005 21:38
> To:   Birding Aus
> Subject:      [BIRDING-AUS] Sooty Tern in New Caledonia,Solomons & Vanuatu
> Hi all,
> Can anyone resolve an apparent contradiction in two sources re the Sooty Tern.
> Doughty,Day & Plant, Birds of the Solomons,Vanuata and New Caledonia say on 
> p.98 "common breeder throughout the region"
> But Martin Garnett,in "Conservation of Seabirds in the South Pacific Region: 
> A Review" in Status and Conservation of the Worlds Seabirds,p.550 in Table 4 
> shows them as not breeding in these islands.
> Can anyone clarify?
> Thanks,
> John
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