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Birds of Christmas Island

Birds of Christmas Island

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Published by: draculavanhelsing on Sep 12, 2012
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Your essential guide to birding on the islands
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Island Explorer Holidays wishes to sincerely thank all contributors o photos used throughout thisBirding Guide Booklet:Dr Ian Montgomery, Janos Hennicke, Michael Seebeck, Jimmy Choo, Tony Palliser, Brian Reichel,Burt May, Gareth Turner, Peter Mortimer, Chris Tremayne, Lisa Preston, Karen Wilshaw, Kee Seng Foo,Peta North and Dr Sohn Joo Tan.
Without your donations this essential Birding Guide would not have been possible!
Additional thanks to David James, Michael Roderick, Dr Sohn Joo Tan and Ismail McRae, ChristmasIsland Tourism Association, Cocos Keeling Islands Tourism Association and Parks Australia North or theirassistance in production.
1 Christmas Island Birding Guide Map2 Index3 About Island Explorer Holidays4 Introduction to Christmas Island & DrivingWhere to ind Birds on Christmas Island6 Where to ind Birds on Christmas Island?
Golden Bosun8 Silver Bosun9 Abbott’s Booby10 Red-ooted & Brown Boobies11 Christmas Island Frigatebird12 Great Frigatebird13 Lesser Frigatebird14 White-aced Heron & Eastern Ree Egret1 CI Goshawk & Nankeen Kestrel16 Common Noddy & CI Imperial Pigeon1 Emerald Dove & CI White Eye18 CI Hawk-Owl & Island Thrush19 Common Tree & Java Sparrows20 CI Switlets & White-breasted Waterhen21 Introduction to Cocos Islands & Driving22 Where to ind Birds on Cocos Islands?23 Cocos Bu Banded Rail24 Masked Booby & White Tern2 Green Jungleowl & Ruus Night Heron26 Cocos Islands Checklist2 Christmas Island Check List28 Christmas Island Check List
29 Reerences30 Cocos Islands Birding Guide Map
Bird Legend
 Birds ound onChristmas islandBirds ound onCocos Islands
Front Cover Photo’s clockwise from top right:
Peter Mortimer, Michael Seebeck, Dr Sohn Joo Tan & Dr Ian Montgomery.
Back Cover Photo’s:
Karen Willshaw & Gareth Turner.
There are 23 breeding or resident species o birds on Christmas Island. This includes nine species o seabird(two species and two subspecies are endemic) and 14 land birds (three species and our subspecies areendemic; six are recent arrivals). All o these are illustrated and described in this guide, with the exceptiono the Feral Chicken
Gallus gallus.
Owing to its proximity to Southeast Asia, Christmas Island attracts a lot o vagrant species never or rarely recorded in other parts o Australia and its Territories. A handul o migrantsand vagrants also arrive rom Australia. Many o these have only been recorded once or twice but some arerecorded regularly. Vagrants have occurred at all times o the year, but the best period is in the Wet Seasonrom September to March. Some o the most regular migrants include Barn Swallow (Aug - Apr), CommonSandpiper (Oct - Mar), Oriental Cuckoo (Oct - Dec), Grey Wagtail (Sept - Jan) and Yellow Wagtail (Sept - Nov).A number o rarities recorded on Christmas Island have never been recorded elsewhere in Australia. Theseinclude such cripplers as Cinnamon and Schrenck’s Bitterns, Malayan Night Heron, Watercock, Asian Koel,Savannah Nightjar, Common Kingsher and Brown Shrike, amongst others. Most migrants and vagrants havebeen recorded in open areas, and ew have been recorded inside the orest. The birding map and bird ndingnotes describe some o the areas where native species can be seen most easily and where vagrants havebeen recorded most oten. The checklist contains 133 conrmed species. The supplementary list containsadditional species not conrmed or not genuine.
Beware o mining machinery on the roads and mine stockpile areas. Keep out o mine lease area’s.
During wet weather, gravel and sealed roads can be particularly slippery. Sealed roads are mostly made o limestone chalk which is more slippery than typical road seals.
Christmas Island’s crabs oten venture onto the roads, particularly in wet weather and duringtheir migration season (generally Oct - Jan). Please avoid crushing crabs by driving around them. Do notstraddle the robber crabs, as they jump up and hit the under carriage. Some roads may be closed duringthe crab migration season. I roads are covered in crabs, please do not proceed.
4WD tracks may be blocked by allen trees, especially during stormy weather.Island Explorer Holidays specialises in unique destinations and islands including the Christmas andthe Cocos Keeling Islands with whom we have been personally been involved with tourism and promotiono the islands or over 1 years. We provide packages or special interest groups, educational schoolgroups and oer individual and tailor made packages to suit client’s specic interests and needs, to one orboth islands.On arrival at Christmas Island, to obtain inormation on the most recent sightings, we recommend birders toview our “Birding Board o Glory” at our Island Explorer Holidays oce. Visitors are welcome to submit theirsightings to our sta.
For up to date information on bird sightings, or to submit your details of a great bird sighting, pleasecontact our island office on: admin@islandexplorer.com.au
Personalised private tours are available on Christmas Island and our oce and Sta are available to assist allIsland Explorer Holidays client whilst on the island. Our sta will provide you with up to date knowledge andguide you to places o interest, so that you experience the best possible holiday.A number o experienced bird watching guides acilitate tours o the islands at various times o year. I you would preer a more intensive birding experience, please contact us to join these groups tours withexperienced Australian guides who are leaders in their elds o expertise.Christmas Island also boasts an annual “Bird & Nature Week”. Researchers and experts with long involvementwith the island, share their talents to get close to the fora and auna on Christmas Island to enhance theexperience or all participants… an event not to be missed!
Enjoy our paradise!
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