Unknown birds on Cocos Islands

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Subject: Unknown birds on Cocos Islands
From: "Don and Llane Hadden" <>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2005 06:58:46 +0630

I posted a brief report on Cocos birds a month ago. Have sent more detailed 
reports to some who have a special interest in Cocos birds, but here's an 
update on birds seen recently.

Unknown passerine: I photographed a possible juvenile starling of some sort. 
I'll send pics to any experts on Asian starlings who would like to have a look.
Unknown egret: I also photographed an egret I can't identify. It's got a 
yellowish bill, short legs and two occipital plumes. I don't think Eastern Reef 
Egrets have occipital plumes. Little Egrets do, but always have black bills. 
I'll send the photo to any egret expert who wants a crack at identifying it.
Black Bittern: Haven't been able to find this bird again, so it was fortunate I 
was able to photograph it at the time.
Buff-banded Rail: Saw this endemic subspecies when on a visit to Pulu Keeling 
National Park along with various boobies and frigatebirds.
White-breasted Waterhen: I've seen this bird in many places on West Island. Had 
a report of 3 chicks last week but when I got to the area a couple of hours 
later they had moved off.
White Terns: Nesting on Home Island at the moment, their eggs sitting 
precariously on branches.
White-tailed Tropicbird: Two pairs nesting in tree holes on Home Island.
Barn Swallow: At least 13 birds always around the rubbish tip.
Red-necked Phalarope: A single bird turned up here last Wednesday.
Oriental Pratincole: Odd birds seen from time to time here.
Green Junglefowl: Common in pairs and family groups on West Island but very 
difficult to photograph. These wary birds dash for cover very quickly when 

Don Hadden
                       Residing on Cocos (Keeling) Islands
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