Mission ornithologique sur l'île Matthew, 16-19 avril 2008

Abstract : A census of the birds of Matthew Island, south-east of the New Hebrides chain, was taken during a trip of frigateship Vendémiaire of the French Navy, from 16 to 19 April 2008. Fourteen bird species were observed on the islets, including 8 seabirds breeding or potentially breeding (black-winged petrel Pterodroma nigripennis, wedge-tailed shearwater Ardenna pacifica, masked booby Sula dactylatra, brown booby S. leucogaster, red-tailed tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda, brown noddy Anous stolidus, grey noddy Anous albivitta and sooty tern Onychoprion fuscatus), three other seabirds (roosting red-footed booby S. sula, lesser frigatebird Fregata ariel and Pacific frigatebird F. minor), three shorebirds (turnstone Arenaria interpres, Pacific golden plover Pluvialis fulva and tattler Tringa sp.) and the sacred kingfisher Todirhamphus sanctus. No hen or cock (Gallus gallus) was sighted, unlike during previous visits to the island. Series of traps were set overnight for rats but no rodent was captured. Wedge-tailed shearwaters were abundant at sea and in the South-West lagoon of New Caledonia; flocks of migrating short-tailed shearwaters Ardenna tenuirostris were sighted in the Loyalty basin.
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Philippe Borsa, Baudat-Franceschi Julien. Mission ornithologique sur l'île Matthew, 16-19 avril 2008. [Rapport de recherche] Institut de recherche pour le developpement (IRD). 2009. ⟨ird-00666136v3⟩

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