Australasia - what a mess geographically

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Subject: Australasia - what a mess geographically
From: Tony Palliser <>
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:53:35 +1100
Out of curiosity I just looked up what some of the birding taxonomies are
calling "Australasia".   What a mess! - thought some of you with interests
in birding the Australasia region might be interested.  So this begs the
question for us birders what constitutes Australasia exactly?


I think I have this right?


Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, Fiji, Bismarcks, Cook Islands,
Micronesia, Easter Island, Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands,
Nauru & New Caledonia

(Excludes Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Moluccas)


Australia, New Guinea & Bismarcks, Moluccas Islands)

(Excludes Norfolk Island, New Zealand, Christmas Island & Cocos (Keeling)
Islands, Bougainville, & Solomon Islands)

Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, Bismarcks, Solomon Islands, Sulawesi,
Moluccas, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Norfolk Island, 

(Excludes Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands)


WIKIPEDIA (Under the heading Ecological Geography)
Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Lombok, Timor, Sulawesi
(Wallacea) and East Melanesian Islands and I think Christmas Island and
Cocos (Keeling) Islands is included.

(Excludes Vanuatu, Fiji and Polynesia)







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