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Rediscovery of a petrel and new faunal records on Gau Island

  • Dick Watling (a1)
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MacGillivray's or the Fiji petrel was known only from a single specimen collected in 1855 on Gau Island. In 1984, after months of searching, a single adult flew into Dick Watling's spotlight and collided with his head. It was examined, photographed and released. Nothing more is yet known about its status or its breeding site, although the latter is suspected to be in the cloud forests of highland Gau. In the course of his visits, the author also made other discoveries about the Island's poorly studied fauna.

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Bourne, W.R.P. 1965. The Missing Petrels. Bull. B.O.C. 85, 97105.
Imber, M.J. 1985. Origins, phylogeny and taxonomy of gadfly petrels Pterodroma spp. Ibis, 127, 197229.
Watling, D. (in prep.) On the distribution of the Wattled Honeyeater Foulehaio carunculata and the Polynesian Triller Lalage maculosa in the Fijian islands.
Watling, D. and , LewanavanuaRatu, F. 1985. A note to record the continuing survival of the Fiji (MacGillivray's) Petrel Pseudobulweria macgillivrayi. Ibis, 127, 230233.
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Oryx
  • ISSN: 0030-6053
  • EISSN: 1365-3008
  • URL: /core/journals/oryx
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