First record of Solomons Nightjar on Malaita

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First record of Solomons Nightjar on Malaita

Postby Michael Szabo » Thu Jan 09, 2020 2:53 pm

First record of Solomons Nightjar (Eurostopodus nigripennis) for Malaita, with a description of its nest site
Maasafi Alabai, Tommy Esau, Esau Kekeubata, Jackson Waneagea, David MacLaren, Richard E. Major, Corey T. Callaghan
Kwainaa'isi Cultural Centre, Atoifi Postal Agency, East Kwaio, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands.
College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Cairns, Qld, Australia.
Australian Museum Research Institute, Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Centre for Ecosystem Science, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 139(4), 325-327, (16 December 2019).

Abstract: Solomons Nightjar (Eurostopodus nigripennis), listed as Vulnerable by BirdLife International, has previously been recorded only from the north and central Solomon Islands. Even within the species' known range there are few records, limiting knowledge of its ecology. We provide photographic evidence of a Solomons Nightjar nest in a streambed on the island of Malaita at an altitude of c.270 m—the first record on this large island. This observation, combined with traditional local knowledge, suggests that the species may have a wider range of nesting habitat than previously documented, and that further surveys in collaboration with local tribespeople could be important for conservation efforts.

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