Vanuatu birds

To: Bill Stent <>
Subject: Vanuatu birds
From: Michael Tarburton <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2018 19:43:09 +1000
Kirri, Your bird is the White-rumped Swiftlet, Closely related to the 
Australian Swiftlet.

Bill your two birds are the Glossy and Uniform Swiftlets as you surmised.

Vanuatu has all three species, but if you want more, go to New Guinea .  That 
island has 9 species of swifts and swiftlets.

Shirl & I have just gotten back from working on the Australian Swiftlets at 
Chillagoe for 5 weeks, and can report that although 4 colonies went extinct, 
most have recovered from the caves filling with water a few years back. The 
worst declines appeared where cat predation coincided with the damage done by 
the flooding.

Happy birding


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