Armchair Splits in the Pacific

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The Wattled Honeyeater is a species, or now more accurately a genus, found in eastern Melanesia (Fiji) and in western Polynesia (Samoa and Tonga). In spite of the bird extinctions that have plagued the islands of the Pacific, it doesn’t seem to have suffered that much; I saw it in gardens in both Fiji and Tonga.

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Restless New Zealand Fantails

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The family also reaches into India and as far east as samoa and Fiji. This has been benefitial for the species, which suffered considerable losses after the snow storm two years ago but quickly rebounded. In his comment in last week’s post on the Marlborough Sounds , Beat writer Jochen described the New Zealand Fantail as one of the best birds in the world. It’s a sentiment I can get behind. Also known by its Maori name of P?wakawaka,

The complete guide to Dodo relatives, living and dead

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’s Birds of New Guinea notes that the species is often seen moving in “high-flying flocks,” and Coates and Bishop’s Bird of Wallacea declares, “this species has suffered greatly from human predation and is now generally scarce to very rare.” The Dodo ( Raphus cucullatus ) — that towering icon of modern anthropogenic extinctions — was a pigeon.

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