Trip Report: Solomon Islands, June 29 - July 21, 1996

Gerry Richards, 15/5 Lister Avenue, Rockdale, NSW, Australia; Submitted by Trevor Quested,


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.

Essential for any visit to the Solomons is the Lonely Planet Solomon Islands Travel Survival Kit, which provides a wealth of information on even the most remote islands. We found the guide to be informative and accurate, although inevitably a few changes have taken place since the most recent edition (1993) was published.

The Solomons are easily accessible from Australia. There are currently three Solomon Airlines flights a week between Honiara and Brisbane, with connections to Sydney and Melbourne. Note however that the time allowed to make the connection in Brisbane (you have to change terminals) is often not very long, and if your flight is delayed you could miss out. We made our connections but I heard of people who did not. If I were doing the journey again I would ensure that I had plenty of time to make the connecting flight, even if this meant spending a night in Brisbane. Flying is really the only option for getting to the major islands within the Solomons if your time is limited. There are boats to just about everywhere, but these are notoriously unreliable. We booked all our internal flights, flying Solomon Airlines, from Australia. It is wise to reconfirm all flights the day before as one of ours was brought forward an hour.

We rented a car for three days in Honiara. Total cost for a Mazda 121 from Budget was S$560 (there are currently 2.75 Solomon Dollars for one Australian Dollar). If you book in advance they will come out to meet your flight. If not, you will probably find the kiosk unattended and have to travel into town to make arrangements. You can get to most places around Honiara easily by taxi, but bear in mind that many of the roads are rough, and you might find a taxi driver unwilling to take his car along roads that you would happily drive a rental vehicle.

There is a bank at the airport that opens briefly when international flights arrive. Otherwise money can be changed at banks or major hotels with a minimum of formalities. You can only change money in the major towns, which are mentioned in the Lonely Planet Guide. Once you get off the beaten track there are no exchange facilities.

The potential risk posed by malaria should not be underestimated. This is a serious problem in the Solomon Islands, and recent medical advice should be sought and followed. We were prescribed the antibiotic doxycycline, although one of its side effects is an increased risk of sunburn, a point to remember if you go swimming. Many places have tank water which we drank with no ill effects, as was the case with stream water in the mountains. We drank bottled water in Honiara although this is fairly expensive. We were not much troubled by insects, the only things that bit us were tiny red ants (which were accidentally introduced from Queensland on a bunch of coconuts), but the inconvenience was short-lived.

Although there is no Field Guide that covers the Solomon Islands you should not have too much difficulty identifying the birds, particularly if you have some previous birding experience in Australasia. The total number of species in the Solomon Islands is quite small, and while there are large numbers of some potentially confusing species (for example White-eyes), there is generally only one or two species in any particular locality. Mayr's Birds of the Southwest Pacific gives brief descriptions of all species, although a bit of detective work is needed to bring the taxonomy up to date. Other useful sources that include Bougainville (ornithologically but not politically part of the Solomons) are Birds of the North Solomons by Hadden, and Birds of Papua New Guinea by Coates. See the bibliography for full details.


I am grateful to a number of people who helped me with information prior to my visit. In particular, David Gibbs for his information on all islands, but especially for his Roviana Rail site. Joy Pegler gave me much information on Rennell, and David Bishop offered helpful comments for Guadalcanal. David Gibbs is planning to produce a comprehensive report based on a three month visit to the Solomons in 1994. He is keen to receive any records of sightings so that they may be included in his report. His address is:

28 Blackamoor Lane
Berks. SL6 8RD


29/6 -- Arrived Honiara and collected rental car. Late afternoon visit to Mt. Austen.

30/6 -- Early morning to Mt. Austen. Afternoon drove to western end of Guadalcanal but saw few birds of interest.

1/7 -- Early morning and evening visits to Mt. Austen, the latter in an attempt to locate Solomon Hawk-Owl, but none were heard calling.

2/7 -- Morning flight to Rennell followed by tractor ride to Lake Te'Nggano, where met by the owner of Koe Koe Lodge. Afternoon attempted to travel by boat to Booby nesting islands, but were forced to turn back because strong winds had made the lake too rough.

3/7 -- Morning walk along road towards Tinggoa. Afternoon succeeded in reaching Booby nesting islands.

4/7 -- Morning walk along road towards Tinggoa. Afternoon by tractor to Tinggoa.

5/7 -- Morning flight to Honiara. Afternoon flight to Ghizo.

6/7 -- Morning and afternoon walks along road towards Saeraghi.

7/7 -- Early morning boat to Iriri Village on Kolombangra. Walked up to Camp Professor.

8/7 -- Walked up to summit and returned to Camp Professor.

9/7 -- Walked down to Iriri Village and on to Kukundu.

10/7 -- Morning boat to Gizo. Afternoon walk along road towards Saeraghi.

11/7 -- Relaxing on Olasana Island.

12/7 -- Morning walk along road towards Saeraghi. Afternoon flight to Honiara.

13/7 -- Morning along track to Tenaroo Falls. Afternoon visit to Honiara Botanic Gardens.

14/7 -- Honiara

15/7 -- Morning flight to Makira. Afternoon birding around Kirakira.

16/7 -- Walk from Kirakira to Hauta Village. Afternoon birding along main track down to coast.

17/7 -- Morning birding along track down to coast. Afternoon birding on ridge above Hauta Village.

18/7 -- Morning birding on ridge above Hauta Village. Afternoon birding along main track down to coast.

19/7 -- Morning birding along main track to coast. Afternoon walk to Kirakira.

20/7 -- Morning flight to Kirakira. Afternoon Honiara.

21/7 -- Morning departure to Australia.

The Islands


Mt. Austen. A very good area for birds only a few kilometers from Honiara. We drove here but it should be easy to arrange a taxi to take you there and to bring you back. From Honiara head towards the airport, and turn right a couple of kilometers east of town. This junction has a bakery (open early for breakfast) on one corner and an SDA church on the other. Continue straight ahead, ignoring all turnoffs to the left and right until you reach a lookout at the top of a hill. The road continues steeply downhill from here but is very overgrown. We parked at the lookout and walked down the road, almost to the river at the bottom. Habitat is mostly second growth with a few clearings. We saw a Rail on the track here on two occasions that we have not been able to identify. It was about the size of a Buff-banded Rail with a long, thick based, decurved bill and a short erect tail. Head, neck and underparts were mid grey, the mantle and wings dark slate grey. I would be most interested in any further information about this bird. Other notable species at this site included: Finsch's Pygmy-Parrot, Ducorps Cockatoo, Buff-headed Coucal, Ultramarine Kingfisher, Blyth's Hornbill, Black-headed Myzomela, Solomon Cuckoo-Shrike and Midget Flowerpecker.

Tenaroo Falls. We went here by taxi and arranged for the driver to come back and collect us later in the day. The turnoff for Tenaroo is about 4 km. east of the airport, turn right if coming from Honiara. After a few kilometers you reach the village of Ando where there is a sign requesting a S$10 custom fee. After a further l km. the road forks. Take the left fork which quickly becomes a walking track and follows the river, crossing it numerous times. There are now several villages along this track, each of which will demand a S$5 custom fee to proceed. We never went all the way to the waterfall, instead we birded in some second growth between the second and third villages. Interesting birds included Buff-headed Coucal, Ultramarine Kingfisher and the only Black-and-white Monarch of the trip. Unless you have plenty of time I would recommend concentrating on Mt. Austen. The habitat is better, there are fewer people, and you won't be bothered by custom fees.


There are currently two flights a week between Honiara and Tinggoa airstrip on West Rennell. There are a couple of rest houses with cooking facilities near the airstrip but most tourists head for Lake Te'Nggano at the eastern end of the island. At present the only transport is in an open trailer pulled by a tractor. Needless to say you, are likely to share the trailer with many other people, animals and agricultural products, all of which will get very wet if it rains. There is no regular timetable but it should be around to meet all incoming flights. If you travel to Lake Te'Nggano remember to arrange for the driver to come and pick you up. If your flight is in the morning it is best to travel back the previous afternoon and spend the night at Tinggoa. The transport situation may soon improve as the island was supposed to be getting a truck in late 1996.

At Lake Te'Nggano you have a choice of two lodges. We stayed at Kia Koe Lodge which has an idyllic setting on top of a small hill on the east side of the lake (the other is in a village further along the western shore). If you intend to stay at Kia Koa it is best to write in advance to the owner, saying when you intend to arrive, and he will meet the tractor. Also, as there are very few tourists at present visiting Rennell he will make sure there is enough food at the lodge. You should write to:

Lance Tango
Kia Koe Lodge
East Rennell
Rennell Bellona Province
Solomon Islands

Accommodation costs S$35 per person per night and meals are S$14. Boat transport from the road to the lodge costs S$10 per person, while boat transport on the lake costs S$35 per hour. The islands with roosting Frigatebirds and nesting Boobies are at the far end of the lake and will need at least a three hour trip (perhaps longer if it is rough), allowing for a bit of time to look at the birds. There are no trails around the lodge, so we came back to the western side of the lake and walked back along the road towards Tinggoa. We saw all the endemics with little difficulty except for the Shrikebill. Our single sighting was about 3 km. along the road.


The main ornithological interest on this island is the endemic Splendid White-eye. The bird appears to be reasonably common close to Gizo Town along the road towards Saeraghi, which can be found by following the directions in the Lonely Planet Guide. I saw a few White-eyes in a patch of forest just past the power station, and several more near a cemetery which is reached by walking a little further along the road, turning right, and walking a short distance up the hill. Other birds of note included Pied Goshawk, Yellow-vented Myzomela, and White-capped Monarch.


We arranged our trip to the 1750 m high summit of Mt. Veve through the Gizo Hotel. It was not cheap. Total cost for two people was S$1100 which included return boat from Ghizo to Kolombangra, food, porters, and custom fees. In addition, the hotel sent someone across to the starting point at Iriri village to arrange the custom fee with the chief, the hire of the porters, and to ensure that we would be able to stay at the rest house in the nearby village of Kukundu on our return. It would certainly be cheaper to do it yourself, the villagers are quite used to people going up the mountain, but our main priorities were to save time and hassle; and we were well fed.

The first part of the climb is from Iriri village to an area known as Camp Professor at about 1000m. We camped here (we had own tent) for two nights, with a walk up to the summit in between. Water is available here from a small stream behind the Camp. It is possible to go to the summit and back in two days, but we felt this would allow little time for birding along the way. If you are reasonably fit the climb is not difficult, although there are lots of fallen logs to scramble over as you approach the top.

Interesting birds below the camp included: Melanesian Scrubfowl, Buff-headed Coucal White-capped and Kolombangra Monarchs and Solomon Islands White-eye. From the camp to the summit we saw Pale Mountain-Pigeon, Meek's Lorikeet, Yellow-vented Myzomela, and Kolombangra White-eye. We missed one of the island's most interesting birds, Kolombangra Leaf-Warbler. It is confined the moss forest near the summit where it is supposed to be uncommon. We did see Phylloscopus Warblers in this habitat but they looked like Island Leaf-Warblers to us.

A short distance from Iriri is the village of Kukundu. There is a comfortable resthouse here which offers the chance to take a well earned shower after your trek to the summit, and to see the recently described Roviana Rail in the garden. We saw up to three Rails evening and morning out in the open on the lawn. If they fail to appear, try looking on the airstrip. I saw two birds at the far end (closest to Iriri), and David Gibbs saw four here in 1994.


The main site for birds on this island is Hauta village which is a day's walk from the main town and airport of Kirakira. The villagers at Hauta and surrounding settlements have recently initiated an ecotourism project to raise revenue as an alternative to logging their forests. Although the project is aimed primarily at tour groups that visit three times a year, individual travellers are welcome provided they make contact with the village beforehand. This can be done by writing to the village chief at the following address:

John Waihuru
Hauta Village
Bauro East
Solomon Islands

The village can also be contacted through SIDT (Solomon Islands Development Trust) in Honiara, or by radio through Solomon Telekom in Honiara or Kirakira (best early in the morning). Guides will be sent down to meet you; outside the government offices in Kirakira would be a good place to arrange a meeting. If you start your walk in the afternoon you will spend the night in a house about half way to Hauta. If you spend a night in Kirakira there is a resthouse with cooking facilities (Meda Lodge in the Lonely Planet Guide).

The cost of accommodation in a traditional village house at Hauta is S$35 per person per day which includes three meals. I paid the guides from Kirakira S$15 each, and during my stay I paid a guide S$10 per day (or part day) to take me into the forest. Even if you think you do not need a guide it is accepted practice to take one as it provides additional revenue for the villagers -- mine was also a good pigeon spotter.

When you see the extent of logging in other parts of the Solomons it is encouraging to see the creation of a revenue raising project that preserves the forest. However there is some pressure within the community to allow logging, so the future preservation of the forest here depends on the success of this tourism venture. As an individual you should be prepared to pay a fair price for the services you receive, and to respect the customs of the villagers.

From the village I birded the track back down towards the coast, and up onto the ridge behind the village. At the time of my visit there were lots of fruiting trees around which were very good for pigeons. The one bird I missed here was Dusky Fantail. It is here but is supposed to be uncommon. Best birds below Hauta were: Yellow-bibbed and White-headed Fruit-Doves, Chestnut-bellied Imperial-Pigeon and Duchess Lorikeet. Above the village: Solomon Sea-Eagle, Yellow-legged Pigeon, Crested Cuckoo-Dove, Bronze Ground-Dove, Duchess Lorikeet, San Cristobal Thrush and Shade Warbler.

Species List

The following list uses Clements (1991) names and taxonomy.

  1. AUSTRALASIAN GREBE -- Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
    Rennell: Few on Lake Te'Nggano.
  2. GREAT FRIGATEBIRD -- Fregata minor
    Rennell: 100 resting on small islet in Lake Te'Nggano.
  3. LESSER FRIGATEBIRD -- Fregata ariel
    Rennell: Common around Lake Te'Nggano. Ghizo: few around Gizo Town.
  4. RED-FOOTED BOOBY -- Sula sula
    Rennell: 20-30 pairs nesting on two islets in Lake Te'Nggano. Several nests with chicks.
  5. BROWN BOOBY -- Sula leucogaster
    Rennell: Single bird resting on small islet in Lake Te'Nggano.
  6. LITTLE PIED CORMORANT -- Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
    Rennell: Common on Lake Te'Nggano.
  7. GREAT CORMORANT -- Phalacrocorax carbo
    Rennell: Fairly common on Lake Te'Nggano.
  8. PACIFIC REEF EGRET -- Egretta sacra
    Fairly common. Seen on all islands except Rennell.
  9. GREAT EGRET -- Casmerodius albus
    Rennell: I on Lake Te'Nggano.
  10. STRIATED HERON -- Butorides striatus
    Kolombangra: 1 near Kukundu.
  11. AUSTRALIAN IBIS -- Threskiornis molucca
    Rennel I: Common.
  12. OSPREY -- Pandion haliaetus
    Guadalcanal: 1 aprox. 15km. west of Honiara. Rennell: 3 around Lake Te'Nggano. Kolombangra: 1 near Kukundu.
  13. PACIFIC BAZA -- Aviceda subcristata
    Ghizo: 4 near Gizo Town.
  14. BRAHMINY KITE -- Haliastur indus
    Fairly common. Seen on all islands except Rennell.
  15. SOLOMON SEA-EAGLE -- Haliaeetus sanfordi
    Makira: 1 over forest ridge above Hauta.
  16. GREY GOSHAWK -- Accipiter novaehollandiae
    Guadalcanal: 2 Mt. Austen. 1 aprox. 25km west of Honiara.
  17. BROWN GOSHAWK -- Accipiter fasciatus
    Rennell: Several along road west from Lake Te'Nggano.
  18. PIED GOSHAWK -- Accipiter albogularis
    Ghizo: 1 near Gizo Town Kolombangra: 1 near Kukundu. Makira: 4 between coast and Hauta.
  19. PEREGRINE -- Falco peregrinus
    Guadalcanal: 1 Mt. Austen. Kolombangra: 1 at Camp Professor.
  20. MELANESIAN SCRUBFOWL -- Megapodius eremita
    Kolombangra: 1 near Iriri on track to Mt Veve.
  21. BUFF-BANDED RAIL -- Gallirallus philippensis
    Makira: Common morning and evening along road east of Kirakira.
  22. ROVIANA RAIL -- Gallirallus rovianae
    Kolombangra: 3 around Kukundu Guest House and 2 on airstrip morning and evening.
  23. PURPLE SWAMPHEN -- Porphyrio porphyrio
    Rennell: 4 around Lake Te'Nggano.
  24. WHIMBREL -- Numenius phaeopus
    Ghizo: 1 near Gizo town
  25. COMMON SANDPIPER -- Tringa hypoleucos
    Ghizo: 1 on Olasana Island.
  26. ASIAN GOLDEN-PLOVER -- Pluvialis fulva
    Guadalcanal: 25 at Henderson Airport.
  27. GREAT CRESTED-TERN -- Sterna bergii
    Rennell: 4 on Lake Te'Nggano. Ghizo Fairly common.
  28. BLACK-NAPED TERN -- Sterna sumatrana
    Rennell: 12 on Lake Te'Nggano. Ghizo: Fairly common.
  29. BRIDLED TERN -- Sterna anaethetus
    Rennell: 1 on Lake Te'Nggano.
  30. METALLIC PIGEON -- Columba vitiensis
    Kolombangra: Fairly common above and below Camp Professor.
  31. YELLOW-LEGGED PIGEON -- Columba pallidiceps
    Makira: 1 on forest ridge above Hauta.
  32. MACKINLAY'S CUCKOO-DOVE -- Macropygia mackinlayi
    Fairly common. Seen on all islands except Makira.
  33. CRESTED CUCKOO-DOVE -- Reinwardtoena crassirostris
    Makira: 2 on forest ridge above Hauta, 1 between Hauta and coast.
  34. STEPHAN'S DOVE -- Chalcophaps stephani
    Guadalcanal: 2 along track to Tenaroo Falls. Makira: 2 between Hauta and coast.
  35. BRONZE GROUND-DOVE -- Gallicolumba beccari
    Makira: 1 on forest ridge above Hauta. 2 other Ground-Doves flushed from track in the same area were probably also this species.
  36. SUPERB FRUIT-DOVE -- Ptilinopus superbus
    Kolombangra: 1 between Iriri and Camp Professor.
  37. SILVER-CAPPED FRUIT-DOVE -- Ptilinopus richardsii
    Rennell: Common in forest along road west from Lake Te'Nggano,
  38. YELLOW-BIBBED FRUIT-DOVE -- Ptilinopus solomonensis
    Makira: Fairly common around Kirakira and Hauta
  39. CLARET-BREASTED FRUIT-DOVE -- Ptilinopus viridis
    Guadalcanal: Fairly common Mt.Austen. Ghizo: 4 near Gizo Town.
  40. WHITE-HEADED FRUIT-DOVE -- Ptilinopus eugeniae
    Makira: Several near Hauta.
  41. PACIFIC IMPERIAL-PIGEON -- Ducula pacifica
    Rennell: Seen daily. Aprox. 15 birds in total.
  42. RED-NOBBED IMPERIAL-PIGEON -- Ducula rubricera
    Guadalcanal: Fairly common Mt.Austen. Kolombangra: Several on lower slopes of Mt. Veve. Makira: Fairly common around Hauta.
    Makira: 6 feeding in fruiting trees just below Hauta.
  44. PALE MOUNTAIN-PIGEON -- Gymnophaps solomonesis
    Kolombangra: Aprox. 15 near Camp Professor.
  45. FINSCH'S PYGMY-PARROT -- Micropsitta finschii
    Guadalcanal: 3 Mt. Austen. Rennell: 1 along road west from Lake Te'Nggano. Makira: 7 near Hauta.
  46. SINGING PARROT -- Geoffroyus herteroclitus
    Guadalcanal: Fairly common Mt.Austen. Rennell: Several along road west from Lake Te'Nggano. Makira: Several near Kirakira.
  47. ECLECTUS PARROT -- Eclectus roratus
    Guadalcanal: 3 Mt. Austen. Kolombangra: 6 near Iriri. Makira: 10 near Kirakira.
  48. DUCORP'S COCKATOO -- Cacatua ducorpsi
    Gaudalcanal: 8 Mt.Austen, 10 along track to Tenaroo Falls. Kolombangra: 5 between Iriri and Camp Professor.
  49. CARDINAL LORY -- Chalcopsitta cardinalis
    Common on Guadalcanal, Ghizo, and Kolombangra. Makira: 2 between coast and Hauta.
  50. RAINBOW LORIKEET -- Trichoglossus haemotodus
    Common on all islands except Rennell.
  51. YELLOW-BIBBED LORY -- Lorius chlorocercus
    Guadalcanal: Fairly common Mt. Austen and along track to Tenaroo Falls. Rennell: 6 along road west from Lake Te'Nggano. Makira: Fairly common around Hauta.
  52. MEEK'S LORIKEET -- Charmosyna meeki
    Kolombangra: 20 around Camp Professor.
  53. DUCHESS LORIKEET -- Charmosyna margarethae
    Makira: Common on forest ridge above Hauta.
  54. BRUSH CUCKOO -- Cacomantis variolosus
    Guadalcanal: Several heard Mt. Austen. Makira: Several heard around Hauta.
  55. FAN-TAILED CUCKOO -- Cacomantis flabelliformis
    Kolombangra: 3 around Camp Professor.
  56. SHINING BRONZE-CUCKOO -- Chrysococcyx lucidus
    Rennell: 10 along road west from Lake Te'Nggano
  57. KOEL SPP. -- Eudynamis spp.
    Guadalcanal: Heard along track to Tenaroo Falls. Makira: Heard around Hauta.
  58. BUFF-HEADED COUCAL -- Centropus milo
    Guadalcanal: Several Mt. Austen and Track to Tenaroo Falls. Ghizo: Several heard near Gizo Town. Kolombangra: 2 near Iriri.
  59. MOUSTACHED TREESWIFT -- Hemiprocne raystacea
    Fairly common, Seen on all islands.
  60. GLOSSY SWIFTLET -- Collocalia esculenta
  61. WHITE-RUMPED SWIFTLET -- Collocalia spodiopygia
    Kolombangra: 10 near Kukundu.
  62. UNIFORM SWIFTLET -- Collocalia vanikorensis
    Guadalcanal: 1: Mt. Austen. Rennell: Common.
  63. COMMON KINGFISHER -- Alcedo atthis
    Kolombangra: 2 along beach at Kukundu. Makira: 2 between Hauta and coast.
  64. VARIABLE KINGFISHER -- Ceyx lepudus
    Makira: 2 between Hauta and coast.
  65. ULTRAMARINE KINGFISHER -- Todirhamphus ieucopygius
    Guadalcanal: 2 Mt. Austen, 2 along track to Tenaroo Falls.
  66. COLLARED KINGFISHER -- Todirhamphus chloris
  67. BEACH KINGFISHER -- Todirhamphus saurophaga
    Ghizo: 1 at Olasana Island.
  68. DOLLAR BIRD -- Eurystomus gularis
    Guadalcanal: 1 Mt. Austen. Kolombangra: 1 below Camp Professor. Makira: Several. between Hauta and coast.
  69. BLYTH'S HORNBILL -- Aceros plicatus
    Guadalcanal: 1 Mt. Austen.
  70. FAN-TAILED GERYGONE Gerygone flavolateralis
    Rennell: Common
  71. CARDINAL MYZOMELA -- Myzomela cardinalis
    Rennell: Common. Malkira: Common around Kirakira.
  72. YELLOW-VENTED MYZOMELA -- Myzomela eichhorni
    Ghizo: 2 near Gizo Town. Kolombangra: common on higher slopes of Mt. Veve.
  73. BLACK-HEADED MYZOMELA -- Myzomela melanocephala
    Guadalcanal: 15 Mt. Austen.
  74. SOOTY MYZOMELA -- Myzomela tristrami
    Makira: Common.
  75. SAN CRISTOBAL MELIDECTES -- Melidectes sclateri
    Makira: Common around Hauta.
  76. SCARLET ROBIN -- Petroica multicolor
    Kolombangra: 2 near summit of Mt. Veve. Makira: 2 on forest ridge above Hauta.
  77. GOLDEN WHISTLER -- Pachycephala pectoralis
    Guadalcanal: Several Mt. Austen and Track to Tenaroo Falls. Rennell: 1 along road west from Lake Te'Nggano. Kolombangra: Common on higher slopes of Mt.Veve. Makira: Common around Hauta.
  78. WILLIE WAGTAIL -- Rhipidura leucophrys
    Common on all islands except Rennell.
  79. WHITE-WINGED FANTAIL -- Rhipidura cockerelli
    Guadalcanal: 1 Mt. Austen. Kolombangra: 1 below Camp Professor.
  80. GREY FANTAIL -- Rhipidura fuliginosa
    Makira: Common on forest ridge above Hauta.
  81. RENNELL FANTAIL -- Rhipidura rennelliana
    Rennell: 6 along road west from Lake Te'Nggano.
  82. RUFOUS FANTAIL -- hipidura rufifrons
    Kolombangra: Several on higher slopes of Mt. Veve. Makira: Common around Hauta.
  83. RENNELL SHRIKEBILL -- Clytorhynchus hamlini
    Rennell: 1 along road west from Lake Te'Nggano.
  84. CHESTNUT-BELLIED MONARCH -- Monarcha castaneiventris
    Guadalcanal: 2 Mt. Austen. Makira: Common around Kirakira and> Hauta.
  85. WHITE-CAPPED MONARCH -- Monarcha richardsii
    Ghizo: Fairly common near Gizo Town. Kolombangra: Fairly common on lower slopes of Mt.Veve.
  86. BLACK-AND-WHITE MONARCH -- Monarcha barbatus
    Guadalcanal: 1 along track to Tenaroo Falls.
  87. KOLOMBANGRA MONARCH -- Monarcha browni
    Kolombangra: 1 below Camp Professor.
  88. WHITE-COLLARED MONARCH -- Monarcha viduus
    Makira: Common around Kirakira and Hauta.
  89. STEEL-BLUE FLYCATCHER -- Myiagra ferrocyanea
    Guadalcanal: Fairly common Mt.Austen. Ghizo: Several near Gizo Town. Kolombangra: Several below Camp Professor.
  90. OCHRE-BREASTED FLYCATCHER -- Myiagra cervinicauda
    Makira: 2 near Kirakira, several around Hauta.
  91. SPANGLED DRONGO -- Dicrurus bracteatus
    Makira: 1 near Kirakira, 3 below Hauta.
  92. BLACK-FACED CUCKOO-SHRIKE -- Coracina novaehollandiae
    Rennell: I near Lake Te'Nggano.
  93. YELLOW-EYED CUCKOO-SHRIKE -- Coracina lineata
    Guadalcalal: 2 Mt.Austen. Rennell: Common. Ghizo: 2 near Gizo Town. Makira: Fairly common around Hauta.
  94. WHITE-BELLIED CUCKOO-SHRIKE -- Coracina papuensis
    Common. Seen on all islands except Rennell and Makira.
  95. COMMON CICADABIRD -- Coracina tenuirostris
    Guadalcanal: 3 along track to Tenaroo Falls. Kolombangra: Camp Professor. Makira: 6 near Hauta.
  96. SOLOMON CUCKOO-SHRIKE -- Coracina holoplia
    Guadalcanal: 2 Mt. Austen.
  97. LONG-TAILED TRILLER -- Lalage leucopyga
    Makira: Several near Hauta.
  98. SAN CRISTOBAL THRUSH -- Zoothera margaretae
    Makira: 1 on forest ridge above Hauta.
  99. ISLAND THRUSH -- Turdus poliocephalus
    Rennell: 6 along road west from Lake Te'Nggano.
  100. SINGING STARLING -- Aplonis cantoroides
    Common all islands except Rennell where only 2 were seen.
  101. RENNELL STARLING -- Aplonis insularis
    Rennell: 15 along road west from lake Te'Nggano.
  102. BROWN-WINGED STARLING -- Aplonis grandis
    Guadalcanal: Common Mt. Austen and Track to Tenaroo Falls. Kolombangra: Several below Camp Professor.
  103. SAN CRISTOBAL STARLING -- Aplonis dichroa
    Makira: Common around Hauta.
  104. METALLIC STARLING -- Aplonis metallica
    Common. Seen on all islands except Rennell.
  105. YELLOW-FACED MYNA -- Mino dumontii
    Guadalcanal: Fairly common Mt.Austen and Track to Tenaroo Falls. Ghizo: Several near Gizo Town. Kolombangra: Several. near Iriri.
  106. PACIFIC SWALLOW -- Hirundo tahitica
    Fairly common. Seen on all islands except Rennell.
  107. RENNELL WHITE-EYE -- Zosterops rennelliana
    Rennell: 5 along road west from Lake Te'Nggano.
  108. SPLENDID WHITE-EYE -- Zosterops luteirostris
    Ghizo: About 10 seen near Ghizo Town.
  109. SOLOMON ISLANDS WHITE-EYE -- Zosterops kulambangrae
    Kolombangra: Several on lower slopes of Mt. Veve.
  110. KOLOMBANGRA WHITE-EYE -- Zosterops murphyi
    Kolombangra: Common on higher slopes of Mt.Veve
  111. GREY-THROATED WHITE-EYE -- Zosterops rendovae
    Makira: Common on forest ridge above Hauta.
  112. BARE-EYED WHITE-EYE -- Woodfordia superciliosa
    Rennell: Common.
  113. SHADE WARBLER -- Cettia parens
    Makira: Common on forest ridge above Hauta.
  114. ISLAND LEAF-WARBLER -- Phylloscopus poliocephalus
    Kolombangra: 4 near summit of Mt. Veve.
  115. SAN CRISTOBAL LEAF-WARBLER -- Phylloscopus makirensis
    Makira: Fairly common on forest ridge above Hauta.
  116. MIDGET FLOWERPECKER -- Dicaeum aeneum
    Guadalcanal: Fairly common Mt,Austen and Track to Tenaroo Falls.
  117. MOTTLED FLOWERPECKER -- Dicaeum tristrami
    Makira: Common around Kirakira and Hauta.
  118. OLIVE--BACKED SUNBIRD -- Nectarinia jugularis
    Guadalcanal: Common. Seen on all islands except Rennell and Makira.


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