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40 endemic species
 11 speciality birds
24 endangered species

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Guam Flycatcher - Photo copyright US Fish and Wildlife Service
Photo copyright US Fish and Wildlife Service

Micronesian Kingfisher - Photo copyright Greg Neise

Photo copyright Greg Neise
     
    ....The Birds of Guam - information on the disappearance of birds on the ....Notes on the Avifauna of Ebon Atoll, Marshall Islands - by Dirk HR 
      Spennemann & Hemley Benjamin.
    ....Trip Report: Palau, December 22, 1994 - January 4, 1995. 
      By Fer-Jan de Vries. The Christmas holidays of 1994 I have spent with Vincent van Oostrom at the archipelago of Palau, located in the Pacific Ocean, roughly halfway on the line Japan Australia. The Palau islands are at the westernmost edge of Micronesia. It is a wonderful place to visit. In our case the trip was a last minute decision, so we were badly prepared.
    ....Kosrae, Marshall Islands, and Pohnpei, 1996 - From July 26-
      August 19, 1996, Daphne Gemmill, President of Going Birding/BigPockets, had an opportunity to do some birding on the islands of Kosrae, Marshall, and Pohnpei. She wrote a brief trip report describing the  islands, her experiences, and the birds one could expect to see and did see as well as accommodations and places to eat.
    ....Palau, 1997 - From December 7 to 19, 1997, Daphne Gemmill, 
      President of Going Birding/BigPockets, had an opportunity to do some birding in Palau. She wrote a brief trip report describing the islands, her experiences, and the birds one could expect to see and did see as well as accommodations and places to eat.
    ....Trip Report: Pohnpei (Micronesia), January 24-26, 1999. By Peter
      Lonsdale. I spent 3 days (Jan. 24-26) seeking endemics on Pohnpei (7°N, 158°E), one of the three reef-enclosed high volcanic islands or island groups (Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae) in the Caroline Islands, western equatorial Pacific. These islands, as well as Majuro and Kwajalein Atolls in the Marshall Islands, are all connected by Continental Airlines' twice-weekly Honolulu-to-Guam "Island Hopper" service.
    ....Trip Report: Birding in Micronesia from 10th Feb 6th Mar 2002. 
      By Steve Smith. This report details a birding trip in Micronesia. In total, I saw 35 out of about 40 Micronesian endemics. Information is available on a number of Micronesian islands. 
    ....Trip Report: Micronesia, 19th December 2002 - 1st January 2003. 
      By G Talbot and C Campion. Having birded many parts of SE Asia on numerous occasions we decided to try somewhere completely new. We had often  speculated about going to the islands in the Pacific which make up the region known as Micronesia as some of the endemic  birds looked amazing and also there was some very good snorkeling to be had, however the amount of information available  with regards birding sites was somewhat limited.


    Factoids taken from Where to watch birds in Australiasia and Oceania  - by Nigel Wheatley

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Endemics and Specialities

in Micronesia

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.5, supplemented by material found in Where to watch birds in Australiasia and Oceania  - by Nigel Wheatley. Oceania speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Oceania. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International, and supporting data bases developed by Ian Patton, of Merlin Species Watcher.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Micronesia. 

 
Endemics in Micronesia
___ Golden White-eye
___ Guam Rail
___ Mariana Fruit-Dove
___ Nightingale Reed-Warbler
___ Tinian Monarch
Northern Mariana Islands
___ Bridled White-eye
___ Guam Swiftlet
___ Mariana Crow
Northern Marinana Islands and Guam
___ Micronesian Scrub-fowl Northern Marinana Islands and Palau
___ Micronesian Myzomela
___ Micronesian Starling
Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Palua and Caroline Islands
___ White-throated Ground-Dove Northern Mariana Islands and Yap (Caroline Islands)
___ Micronesian Kingfisher Guam, Palau, and Pohnoei (Caroline Islands)
___ Dusky White-eye
___ Gian White-eye
___ Morningbird
___ Palau Bush Warbler
___ Palau Fantail
___ Palau Flycatcher
___ Palau Fruit-Dove
___ Palau Ground-Dove
___ Palau Scops Owl
___ Palau Swiftlet
Palau
___ Caroline Islands White-eye Palau and Caroline Islands
___ Micronesian Imperial-Pigeon Palau, and Caroline and Marshall Islands
___ Caroline Ground-Dove
___ Caroline Islands Swiftlet
___ Caroline Reed-Warbler
___ Grey White-eye
___ Long-billed White-eye
___ Oceanic Flycatcher
___ Plain White-eye
___ Pohnpei Fantail
___ Pohnpei Flycatcher
___ Pohnpei Lorikeet
___ Pohnpei Starling
___ Truk Monarch
___ Truk White-eye
___ Yap Monarch
___ Yap White-eye
Caroline Islands
Endangered Birds in Micronesia
(endemics are printed in bold italic)

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Caroline Islands
......Ground-Dove
___ Chuuk Monarch
___ Faichuk White-eye
___ Giant White-eye
___ Guam Rail
___ Guam Swiflet
___ Long-billed White-eye
___ Mariana Crow
___ Micronesian Megapode
___ Micronesian Scrubfowl
___ Nicobar Pigeon
___ Nightingale Reed-Warbler 
___ Palau Ground-Dove
___ Plain White-eye
___ Pohnpei Mountain Starling
___ Rota Bridled White-eye
___ Rota White-eye
___ Tinian Monarch
___ White-throated Ground-Dove
___ Yap Monarch
___ Yap White-eye
___ Bristle-thighed Curlew
___ Japanese Night-Heron
___ Noordman's Greenshank

Other Speciality and Spectacular Birds in Micronesia
(adapted from Where to watch birds in Australiasia and Oceania  - by Nigel Wheatley.)

___ Black Noddy
___ Blue-grey Noddy
___ Bristle-thighed Curlew
___ Crimson-crowned Fruit-Dove
___ Grey-backed Tern
___ Long-tailed Koel
___ Masked Booby
___ Red-footed Booby
___ Red-tailed Tropicbird
___ Sooty Tern
___ White-tailed Tropicbird

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