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Solomon Islands Laundering Birds?

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Even red list species are being exported under the claim that they are captive bred despite the lack of breeding facilities in the archipelago. Amazingly, CITES is actually getting on the case after the practice has been going on for only ten years… a.

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Eye Level with a Whiskered Treeswift

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There are four species in the family, ranging from India to the Solomon Islands. Of course this is nonsense, and they are clearly close to swifts, but with a hind toe that lets them perch like a swallow, they sit outside the family as well, in their own, rarely thought about, family.

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Linda Hufford: A Rehabber Comments on “Collecting” Rare Birds

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This attitude of superiority and arrogance can be seen in the recent story about a researcher on the Solomon Islands who mist trapped a bird not seen by scientists for fifty years.

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Birding Kadavu and Nadi in Fiji

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I quickly got a good view of an Orange-breasted Honeyeater , a local endemic, and the Vanikoro Flycatcher , a geographically disjunct oddity that occurs only in Fiji and the Solomon islands. The Kadavu race is now placed in the White-throated Whistler , along with birds from Gau and Lau in Fiji and some birds in the Solomon Islands.

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The Cocha Antshrike

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In short, I truly believe that there still are, maybe not plenty but a good number of species that to this day go unnoticed to the scientific eye, but are surely known to the indigenous peoples (the best example is the newly discovered giant rat from the Solomon Islands). The Cocha Antshrike was one of these species not long ago.

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The complete guide to Dodo relatives, living and dead

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The large, crested Choiseul Pigeon ( Microgoura meeki ) inhabited Choiseul and perhaps nearby islands in the Solomon Islands. Solomon Islanders say that the species was driven to extinction by cats and dogs introduced by Europeans. Choiseul Pigeon ( Microgoura meeki ) by J.G.

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Some thoughts on scientific collecting

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The species was in the news because some scientists had finally managed (or bothered – it’s much the same thing) to locate the population high in the mountains of the Solomon Islands, and catch and photograph one.