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A Report from

Bougainville, Bismarck Islands, Manus Island, 19 Jan. - 3 Feb. 2002,

Greg Roberts

Mainly a work trip with Angela Wylie, with some birding fitted in as follows:

Buka Island 19-21 Jan. Mainly the road to the island's interior. One late afternoon, one early morning.

Bougainville Island  21-24 Jan. Arawa area, where Don and Llane Hadden were our kind hosts. A boat trip was made to Anusagaro Island offshore and an islet nearby.

Rabaul, New Britain 24-28 Jan. Forest patches around Gaulim, two hours' drive south-west of Rabaul, and Tomaringa, 30 minutes from Rabaul. Two mornings, a brief afternoon session.

Lihir Island 28-29 Jan.

Kavieng, New Ireland 29-31 Jan. Mainly a swamp forest 20km south of Kavieng - a right turn off the main road just after a well-defined bridge. The road goes through 3km of excellent forest before a branch to the left goes up a logging track, which was also good.

Manus Island 29 Jan - 3 Feb. One late afternoon, two early mornings around Rossun village, just out of Lorengau, and the waterfall nearby. Aaron Joseph, the guide in Rossun, was useful here. A visit was made to Mandrin and Hawei islands offshore.

* denotes lifer.. common names follow Clements

MAMMALS - *Giant Flying-Fox (common on New Britain and New Ireland).

Lesser Frigatebird,  Great Frigatebird,  Reef Heron,  Intermediate Egret (Manus),  Osprey, Brahminy Kite,  Pacific Baza,  Variable Goshawk (everywhere),
Pied Goshawk (1 on Buka, 1 on Bougainville),
*New Britain Sparrowhawk (1 near Tomaringa, New Britain),
*Solomon Sea-Eagle (1 seen well on Buka in a forested valley, being chased by Bougainville Crows),
Island Imperial-Pigeon (hundreds breeding on Anusagaro Island, also on Manus and Buka),  Red-knobbed Imperial-Pigeon (common),
*Bismarck [Black] Imperial-Pigeon (1 in hills near Gaulim),
Mackinlay's Cuckoo-Dove (small nos Buka),  Black-billed Cuckoo-Dove (small nos New Britain and New Ireland),
*Nicobar Pigeon (at last. 30+ on Anusagaro Island, breeding with Island Imp-Ps),
*Bronze Ground-Dove (1 on Lihir),
Stephan's Ground-Dove, 
*Knob-billed [Red-knobbed] Fruit-Dove (2 on Lihir, 2 on New Ireland),
Yellow-bibbed Fruit-Dove (Mandrin Island),  Claret-breasted Fruit-Dove (Buka),
*Pied Cuckoo-Dove (1 in swamp forest on New Ireland),
*Yellow-legged Pigeon (1 flushed from swamp forest floor on New Ireland, it and a second bird were calling: an explosive, barking 'coo', a jumble of one or two-syllabled notes repeated in quick succession over several minutes),
Rainbow Lorikeet,  Red-flanked Lorikeet,  Cardinal Lory,
Duchess Lorikeet (flock at Arawa),
*Purple-bellied [Eastern Black-capped] Lory (common on New Ireland),
Eclectus Parrot, Song Parrot (Buka, Manus),  Ducorp's Cockatoo (Buka),
*Blue-eyed Cockatoo (common on New Britain),
Finsch's Pygmy-Parrot (small nos Buka and New Ireland),
*Meek's Pygmy-Parrot (1 descending tree trunk near waterfall on Manus),
Crested Tern,  Common Tern,  Bridled Tern,  Common Noddy,
Black-headed Gull (20 in winter plumage, mostly first-year, in a flock off Lorengau, Manus, being harassed by frigate-birds),
Whimbrel,  Common Sandpiper,  Turnstone,  Wandering Tattler, 
Pectoral Sandpiper (singles at airports at Namatani [New Ireland] and Manus; I have seen this bird also at Solomons airports), Mongolian Plover,  Golden Plover,
Swinhoe's Snipe (1 at Rabaul airport),  Beach Thick-knee (1 on islet off Arawa),
White-browed Crake,  Red-necked Crake (Manus),
Buff-banded Rail (New Ireland),  Swamphen,
*Woodford's Rail (8 in the Arawa area, including one in a disused building and two seen well by a creek),
*Manus Boobook (1 en route to Rossun, Manus),
Glossy Swiftlet,  White-rumped Swiftlet,  Uniform Swiftlet,  Moustached Tree-Swift (common),  Variable Kingfisher (1 at Arawa),  Collared Kingfisher,
Ultramarine Kingfisher (several pairs Buka and Bougainville),
Beach Kingfisher (pairs Anusagaro and Mandrin islands),  Common Kingfisher,
Dollar-bird,  Common Koel,  Oriental Cuckoo (1 on New Britain),  Brush Cuckoo,
*Pied Coucal (small nos New Ireland and New Britain),
*Violaceous Coucal (2 in swamp forest on New Ireland),
*Superb Pitta (1 called in on Manus by Aaron, seen brilliantly, others calling),
Pacific Swallow,  Cicadabird (Buka,  New Ireland),  White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike,
Varied Triller,  Yellow-eyed Cuckoo-shrike,  Australian Reed-Warbler (Rabaul),
Blyth's Hornbill (3 near Tomaringa, New Britain), Spangled Drongo,
*Ribbon-tailed Drongo (2 in swamp forest on New Ireland),
Willie Wagtail,  Northern Fantail,  Steel-blue Flycatcher (Buka),  Island Monarch (Anusagaro Island),  Black-and-white Monarch (Buka),  Shining Flycatcher,
*Dull [Lesser Shining] Flycatcher (pair on logging track, New Ireland),
*Bougainville Monarch (1 on Buka),
*Black-tailed [Bismarck Pied] Monarch (1 in swamp forest, New Ireland),
*Admiralty Pied Monarch (1 near waterfall, Manus),
Golden Monarch (common on New Ireland),
Golden Whistler (Manus),
*Black-tailed Whistler (1 on Anusagaro Island, others calling),
Midget Flowerpecker (Buka),
*Bismarck Flowerpecker (1 on New Britain, common on New Ireland),
Olive-backed Sunbird,  Black Sunbird,
*Scarlet-naped Myzomela (1 on Buka),
*Ashy Myzomela (small nos near Gaulim, New Britain),
*Black-bellied [New Britain Red-headed] Myzomela (small nos in flowering tree near Gaulim, New Britain),
Red Myzomela (small nos on New Ireland),
*New Britain Friarbird (common on New Britain),
*Manus Friarbird (common on Manus),
*Bismarck Black Myzomela (common on Hawei and Mandrin islands),
*Yellow-throated White-eye (common on Buka and Bougainville),
*Black-headed White-eye (small nos Manus),
Metallic Starling,  Singing Starling,  Brown-winged Starling (Buka),
Yellow-faced Myna,  Torresian Crow,
*Bougainville Crow (small nos Buka and Bougainville),
Hooded Mannikin (common around Rabaul),
*Mottled [Hunstein's] Mannikin (common on New Ireland, and not just around airport),
*Bismarck [Buff-bellied] Mannikin (several with previous species on New Ireland logging track).

Total 106, 33 lifers


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