I fully concur Rohan, it's a great piece of work - I've read my copy twice!!
David & Ian are to be congratulated for a great piece of work, well done!!
I've never been there so i'm even more curious about the place now, thanx to
the quality review these two have produced...
> Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 05:29:49 +0000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] The birds of Christmas Island, Indian Ocean: A review
> Hi All,
> The birds of Christmas Island, Indian Ocean: A review by David James
> and Ian McAllan has just been published in the journal Australian
> Field Ornithology. This is a comprehensive review (180 pages) and a
> significant contribution to ornithology in the region. I expect it
> will be of great interest to many on birding-aus and is a must-have
> for anyone planning to visit the island. The summary is copied below.
> A pdf of the review is freely available on the Birdlife Australia
> website at:
> SUMMARY This paper is an account of all known records of birds from
> Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. It also includes reviews
> of the history of the Island’s ornithology, its avian biogeography,
> the taxonomy of selected endemic taxa, population estimates of
> resident species, and current and past threats to its birds. One
> hundred and forty-nine species of birds have been recorded from the
> Island, of which 14 are breeding landbirds, nine are breeding
> seabirds, 18 are rare visitors and 108 are vagrant species. The Island
> has a high degree of endemism and this is expressed in the avifauna
> through 11 endemic taxa among the 23 breeding species.
> Biogeographically, Christmas Island is an oceanic island, with
> breeding and visiting species originating from several sources
> including South-East Asia, Australia, the Palaearctic, pelagic, and
> other undetermined sources. Links to the Greater Sunda Islands and
> Wallacea are very minor. The Island was first occupied by humans in
> 1888. Since then, three bird species have been introduced (two
> deliberately) and four have self-colonised. No bird taxa have become
> extinct locally, despite several extinctions of other endemic and
> indigenous fauna. However, numerous threatening processes are placing
> increasing pressure on native birds.
> Rohan Clarke
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