birding-aus Re: Mystery Birds

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Subject: birding-aus Re: Mystery Birds
From: "Terry Pacey" <>
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 15:34:05 +1000
The "problem" of mystery birds certainly raised its ugly head during the 1970's on Guadalcanal.  Over a period of several months, a group of parrots flew over the track on top of one of the ridges just south of Honiara.  This happened just on dark every day that I went looking.  They occasionally stopped briefly in trees lining the track before continuing on their way.
The "problem" was compounded by the lack of Field Guides, etc.  Mayr's "Birds of the Southwest Pacific" was the only guide available and PNG Guides were also relatively rare at that time.  I had access to articles by Diamond, Galbraith, Bradley, etc but these were also of little use.
After all this time, and referring to later guides from PNG, these birds still are listed as "unidentified".  There may still be birds left to discover in that area.
Terry Pacey
Toowoomba  Qld
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