Birding Factoids

190 species

46 endemic species plus 25 shared only with Bougainville and Buka
41 threatened  and near-threatened species
16 speciality birds
2 week trip expectation -
about 100 species

    Solomon Islands
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Solomon Islands Specialities
Grey Teal - Photo copyright Kevin Roberts
Photo copyright Kevin Roberts
    ....The Arnarvon Islands - On 22 August 1995 the first
      community-managed conservation area in the Solomon Islands officially opened at the Arnarvon Islands. The islands have significant habitat for seabirds, waders, and migratory bird life, and of the 41 species recorded, there are 12 species of waders and migratory birds, and 6 species of sea birds.
    ....Trip Report: Solomon Islands, June 29 - July 21, 1996, by 
      Gerry Richards. This report covers a visit to the Solomon Islands from 29th June to 21st July 1996. For the first two weeks I was accompanied by my wife Lucy, and although we put a fair bit of effort into finding birds, a little time was set aside for relaxation. In addition to the main island of Guadalcanal, I visited Rennell, Ghizo, Kolombangra and Makira. Although many places lack a well developed tourist infrastructure, the local people were almost always friendly and helpful, which for us made this an enjoyable holiday as well as a successful birding trip. 
    ....Solomon Island Trip Reports - you can find Solomon Island trip reports
      on John Girdley's BirdTours website by following the Australisia/Solomon Island link from the main page.

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

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Tours and Guides


Streaked Shearwater - Photo copyright Tetsu Sato
Photo copyright Tetsu Sato

Red-tailed Tropicbird - Photo copyright Claire Spottiswoode

Photo copyright Claire Spottiswoode
    **..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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Sacred Kingfisher - Photo copyright Philip Hamilton
Photo copyright Philip Hamilton


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Endemics and Specialities

in the Solomon Islands

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 the Solomon Islands. 

Endemics in the Solomon Islands
(for specifics of exactly which island(s) these birds can be found on, consult
Where to watch birds in Australiasia and Oceania  - by Nigel Wheatley.)

___ Banded White-eye
___ Bare-eyed White-eye
___ Black-headed Myzomela
___ Buff-headed Coucal
___ Chestnut-bellied Monarch
___ Chestnut-bellied
___ Imperial-Pigeon
___ Crested Cuckoo-Dove
___ Dusky Fantail
___ Ganongga White-eye
___ Guadlacanal Honeyeater
___ Kulambangra Leaf-Warbler
___ Kulambangra Monarch
___ Kulambangra White-eye
___ Malaita Fantail
___ Malaita White-eye
___ Mottled Flowerpecker
___ Ochre-headed Flycatcher
___ Red-bellied Myzomela
___ Rennell Fantail
___ Rennell Shrikebill
___ Rennell Starling
___ Rennell White-eye
___ Roviana Rail
___ San Cristobel Leaf-Warbler
___ San Cristobel Melidectes
___ San Cristobel Moorhen
___ San Cristobel Starling
___ San Cristobal Thrush
___ Sanford's White-eye
___ Santa Cruz White-eye
___ Shade Warbler
___ Silver-capped Fruit Dove
___ Solomon Hawk-Owl
___ Solomon Islands White-eye
___ Sooty Myzomela
___ Splendid White-eye
___ Thick-billed Ground-Dove
___ Vanikoro Monarch
___ White-billed Crow
___ White-capped Monarch
___ White-collared Monarch
___ White-headed Fruit-Dove
___ White-winged Fantail
___ Yellow-bibbed Lory
___ Yellow-vented Myzomela
Endemics in the Solomon Islands shared only with
Bougainville and Buka

___ Black-and-white Monarch
___ Black-faced Pitta
___ Bougainville Crow
___ Bougainville Monarch
___ Brown Fantail
___ Brown-winged Starling
___ Duchess Lorikeet
___ Ducorps Cockatoo
___ Fearful Owl
___ Grey-throated White-eye
___ Imitator Sparrowhawk
___ Meek's Lorikeet
___ Midget Flowerpecker
___ Mountain Whistler
___ Moustached Kingfisher
___ Pale Mountain-Pigeon
___ Pied Goshawk
___ Scarlet-naped Myzomela
___ Solomon Cuckoo-shrike
___ Solomon Sea-Eagle
___ Steel-blue Flycatcher
___ Ultramarine Kingfisher
___ White-eyed Starling
___ Woodford's Rail
___ Yellow-throated White-eye
Endangered Birds in the Solomon Islands
(endemics are printed in bold italic)
for more information about threatened and endangered birds and mammals in Vanuatu, 
see IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___  None

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

___ Beach Kingfisher
___ Beach Thick-knee
___ Blue-faced Parrotfinch
___ Cardinal Myzomela
___ Fan-tailed Gerygone
___ Finsch's Pygmy-Parrot
___ Island Thrush
___ Long-tailed Triller
___ Melanesian Cuckoo-Shrike
___ Melanesian Scrub-fowl
___ Moustached Treeswift
___ New Caledonian Flycatcher
___ Nicobar Pigeon
___ Singing Parrot
___ Sooty Tern
___ Yellow-faced Myna

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