Aus Biogeographical region

Subject: Aus Biogeographical region
From: Phil & Sue Gregory <>
Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2009 21:37:20 +1000
Here is a definition taken from my Checklist of the Birds of Australia, I hope it helps. The definition of Australasia as a faunal zone is even more complex......

This booklet is a checklist of the bird species of mainland Australia and Tasmania with those of the associated offshore islands and territories listed as appendices. A few words are perhaps in order to explain the Australian list, a somewhat curious hybrid beast which includes species that occur in different zoogeographical regions. Christmas Island lies in the Indian Ocean off Java and is in the Oriental region, as are the Cocos Islands, yet birds recorded there are added to the Australian checklist. Similarly, birds from the subantarctic islands of Macquarie and Heard are also included. The list is also rather singular as it includes species from the islands of Boigu and Saibai in the Torres Strait, which are politically Australian possessions yet lie very close to the coast of Papua New Guinea. It is as if the British list were to include the Channel Islands or perhaps Gibraltar, but this is the way it has been for years and this list reflects the status quo.

Phil Gregory

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