Mission ornithologique aux îles Matthew et Hunter, 19-23 janvier 2009

Philippe Borsa 1, * Julien Baudat-Franceschi 2
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2 SCO
SCO - Société calédonienne d'ornithologie
Abstract : A new census of the birds of Matthew and Hunter Islands, south-east of the New Hebrides chain, was taken during a sovereignty mission of frigateship Vendémiaire of the French Navy, from 19 to 23 January 2009. The species that bred on Hunter were the black-winged petrel Pterodroma nigripennis, brown booby S. leucogaster, red-footed booby S. sula, red-tailed tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda and white tern Gygis alba, but only a small part of the island was explored by us. The species that bred on Matthew were the black-winged petrel, the wedge-tailed shearwater Ardenna pacifica, the masked booby Sula dactylatra, the brown booby, the brown noddy Anous stolidus and the sooty tern Onychoprion fuscatus. A rat (Rattus sp.) was sighted on Hunter. No hen or cock Gallus gallus, nor any rat were sighted or captured on Matthew. The seabirds seen at sea were the petrels Pseudobulweria rostrata, Pterodroma cervicalis, P. leucoptera and P. nigripennis, the shearwaters Ardenna pacifica and P. griseus, the tropicbirds Phaethon lepturus and P. rubricauda, and Sterninae. Wedge-tailed shearwaters were exceptionally abundant on either side of Havannah Pass in the vicinity of Grande Terre.
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Philippe Borsa, Julien Baudat-Franceschi. Mission ornithologique aux îles Matthew et Hunter, 19-23 janvier 2009. [Rapport de recherche] Institut de recherche pour le developpement (IRD). 2009. ⟨ird-00666118v3⟩

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