Birder's Guide

OCT 2016

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18 Birder's Guide to Listing & Taxonomy | October 2016 World Bird Families birds, Bristlebirds, Pardalotes, and White- winged Chough & Apostlebird. It's also the best place to find several families that are more difficult to find in New Guinea. New Zealand is non-negotiable, with six families confined to the country: Kiwis, New Zea- land Parrots, New Zealand Wrens, White- heads, Wattlebirds, and Stitchbird. The first stop in Australasia is the large, forest-clad island of New Guinea, and na - tion of Papua New Guinea (although for the fittest folks, one could see the same families in the province of West Papua in Indonesia). The timing of the visit should be between June and September. The high - lands here support three endemic New Guinea families: Satinbirds, Berrypeck- ers & Longbills, and Tit Berrypecker & Crested Berrypecker. Other likely family additions in the mountains are Boatbills, Australo-Papuan Bellbirds, Sitellas, Quail- thrushes & Jewel-babblers, and the amaz - ing Birds-of-paradise. The highlands are not the only areas to offer notable families, though, as regular daytime stakeouts for Owlet-nightjars are often available near the capital Port Moresby, which is also a good place to find roosting Frogmouths. The island of New Caledonia may ap - pear isolated, but there are regular flights from there to both Australia and New Zea - land, making all four nations in the region reachable on a single long trip. A short trip to New Caledonia—all the endemic birds of the island can usually be found within three days—is undertaken primarily for one quirky bird in its own family: the dirty- white, carrot-billed, and hoopoe-crested Kagu, a rainforest bird like no other. Once you have this, you are ready to move on to Australia. The enormous country-cum-continent of Australia deserves plenty of time dur- ing the austral spring and summer (Sep- tember to December), with seven endemic families and Magpie-goose, Cassowaries, Whipbirds & Wedgebills, and Logrunners all more easily found here than in New Guinea. Most of these families are avail - able in the eastern coastal belt, with some time needed to drive into the Outback for a few additional families. A trip to northern Queensland (near Cairns) and southern Queensland (near Brisbane) should yield Cassowaries, Megapodes, Lyrebirds, Wood - swallows, Thick-knees, Magpie-goose, Cockatoos, Pittas, Fairywrens, Pardalotes, Whipbirds & Wedgebills, Australasian Treecreepers, Logrunners, Honeyeaters, Pseudo-babblers, Sitellas, Thornbills & Allies, Bowerbirds, Bellmagpies & Allies, Australian Robins, and Birds-of-paradise. A journey into inland New South Wales is also required for Emu; Plains-wanderer; and White-winged Chough & Apostle- bird. Some of the toughest target Aus - sie families are likely to be Bristlebirds (which often require extended time on the heaths of coastal New South Wales), Quail-thrushes & Jewel-babblers (Spotted Quail-thrush is not too difficult close to Brisbane); and Scrub-birds. This last family might be the most difficult of the entire set and may require a trip to Western Australia Continued from page 16

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