birding in Vanuatu

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Subject: birding in Vanuatu
From: Stephen Gibb <>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 23:45:30 +0000
As a former resident of Port Vila, I recommend Doughty, Day and Plant’s Birds 
of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia as the most practical field 
guide and Dutson’s Birds of Melanesia as a more definitive work.  Check your 
local library before traveling and you may be surprised to find a copy.

There are notational parks or reserves to walk through as the land belongs to 
the people.  So if you are outside of Vila town or your place of accommodation 
and want to walk around looking for birds, just find a local person and let 
them know what you want to do.  They are very friendly and accommodating and 
will do all they can to help.  If you let people know your interests at your 
place of accommodation, they may be able to help you with some ideas.

For places to look for birds, Elluk Plateau is worth walking around and has 
nice views of the harbour and wharf.  The prawn farm at Teuma is 30 minutes out 
of town and provides great habitat for waders with a chance of seeing some 
vagrant migrants.  Ram is the manager of the prawn farm and would appreciate 
you calling before you go (5544471)  The walk to Mele Cascades is one of the 
most beautiful on the island and also provides good cover for birds.  A bit 
further out of town is in the village of Saama is what they call an 
environmental park.  It is a great attempt by locals to set up some land for 
the purpose of preservation and conservation.  It is small but very nice.

There are not many regular observations in Vanuatu so if you can post what you 
see at <>  that would be great.

Hope this helps.  

Kind regards,


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