The Avifauna of Northern Torres Strait: Notes on a Wet-season Visit

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Abstract

A survey of the birds present on each of the northern Torres Strait islands of Boigu, Saibai and Dauan was conducted in January and February 2002. This is the first systematic bird survey of the region to be undertaken during the wet season. Despite a number of d1y-season visits by bird-watchers in the past, my surveys revealed 20-24 species on each island that had not previously been reported. Several species and subspecies that occur nowhere e lse in Australian territories were also detected during these surveys. Estimates of the number of individuals recorded on each island, as well as a full species list that incorporates records from this study and previous published and unpublished mate rial, are provided. Given the short duration of the survey period, and the wealth of new information that was gathered, it is clear that much remains to be learnt about the region's avifauna.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-66
Number of pages18
JournalAustralian Field Ornithology
Volume21
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes

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