Birding Factoids

90 species

22 endemic species
10 endangered species
15 speciality birds
One-week trip expectation - 
60 species including all of the known surviving endemics

    New Caledonia
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New Caledonia Specialities
Kagu - Photo copyright Don Roberson
Photo copyright Don Roberson
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Little Pied Cormorant - Photo copyright Forento New Zealand
Photo copyright Forento New Zealand
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Painted Buttonquail - Photo copyright Tom and Marie Tarrant
Photo copyright Tom & Marie Tarrant
     
    ....Trip Report: New Caledonia, October 11-18, 1998 - by Trevor 
      Quested. New Caledonia is a group of islands 2 1/2 hours northeast of Sydney,   Australia and just above the Tropic of Capricorn. French is the language but English is spoken at many places in the capital, Noumea. There are 122 bird species recorded. The most interesting is the Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus), a large flightless bird with silky-grey plumage, a large crest, reddish bill and legs. It is the sole member of its family.
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    ....Trip Report: New Caledonia, August 16-21, 1998 - by Richard
      Fairbank. Our desire to see Kagu must have been evident to Yves right from the outset, and without further ado he took us to an area nearby where he had heard Kagus earlier that morning. Within a couple of minutes of him playing a tape recording, two Kagus ran in, circled us curiously for some time before eventually wandering off. A dream realized! 
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    ....New Caledonia Trip Report - by Tony Clark. We awoke early thanks
      to a very loud dawn chorus and we soon discovered the culprit, our first endemic of the trip Dark-brown (Silver-eared) Honeyeater. 
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    ....New Caldonia Trip Report - 10-19 August, 2000. By Greg Roberts.
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    ....New Caledonia Trip Reports - you can find New Caledonia trip
      reports on John Girdley's BirdTours website by following the Australasia/New Caledonia link from the main page.
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    Factoids taken from Where to watch birds in Australiasia and Oceania  - by Nigel Wheatley
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Tours and Guides

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Australasian Bittern - Photo copyright Jeff Blincow
Photo copyright Jeff Blincow

Rufous (nankeen) Night-Heron - Photo copyright Stefan Tewinkel

Photo copyright Stefan Tewinkel
    **..Southwest Pacific: Solomon Islands, Vanuatu & New Caledonia with
      Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT) - Clearly this tour offers more than just the Kagu. The islands of the Southwest Pacific have a lazy, relaxed charm about them, and one of the features enjoyed by all will be the superb accommodations and exquisite food. Each island we visit has its own distinctive ensemble of characteristic and rarely seen endemics. But these are oceanic islands, and as we move further east from the major colonizing source (New Guinea) we will encounter more and more of those bird groups that tend to disperse well over water. Our Southwest Pacific tour begins in the Solomon Islands (Guadalcanal, Makira, and Rennell) and gradually moves eastward to the islands of Vanuatu and New Caledonia. An optional post-tour extension will visit Fiji and Western Samoa, including the island of Upolu in Western Samoa. VENT is one of the few bird tour companies ever to offer a tour to these rarely birded but nevertheless bird-rich islands. VENT offers nearly 140 tours to over 100 land-based destinations each year and is the largest tour company in the world specializing in birding and natural history.

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Whistling Kite - Photo copyright Tetsu Sato
 Photo copyright Tetsu Sato

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Endemics and Specialities

in New Caledonia

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.05, 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 New Caledonia. 

 
Endemics in New Caledonia
___ Barred Honeyeater
___ Cloven-feathered Dove
___ Crow Honeyeater
___ Green-backed White-eye
___ Horned Parakeet
___ Kagu
___ Large Lifou White-eye
___ New Caledonian Crow
___ New Caledonian Cuckoo-shrike
___ New Caledonian Grassbird
___ New Caledonian Friarbird
___ New Caledonian
___ Imperial-Pigeon
___ New Caledonian Lorikeet 
___ (extinct?)
___ New Caledonian Myezomela
___ New Caledonian Owlet-Nighjar
___ (extinct?)
___ New Caledonian Rail (extinct?)
___ New Caledonian Whistler
___ Red-throated Parrotfinch
___ Small Lifou White-eye
___ Striated Starling
___ White-bellied Goshawk
___ Yellow-bellied Robin
Endangered Birds in New Caledonia
(endemics are printed in bold italic)

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Australasian Bittern
___ Cloven-feathered Dove
___ Crow Honeyeater
___ Fairy Tern
___ Horned Parakeet
___ Kagu
___ New Caledonian
___ Imperial-Pigeon
___ New Caledonian Lorikeet
___ New Caledonian 
___ Owlet-Nightjar
___ New Caledonian Rail
None

Other Speciality and Near-Endemic Birds in New Caledonia
(adapted from Where to watch birds in Australiasia and Oceania  - by Nigel Wheatley.)

___ Australasian Bittern
___ Dark-brown Honeyeater
___ Fairy Tern
___ Fan-tailed Gerygone
___ Long-tailed Triller
___ Melanesian Cuckoo-shrike
___ Melanesian Flycatcher
___ Painted Buttonquail
___ Red-bellied Fruit-Dove
___ Red-fronted Parakeet
___ Rufous Whistler
___ Silver Gull
___ Southern Shrikebill
___ Streaked Fantail
___ Whistling Kite

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