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Birds of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean

T Stokes, W Sheils and K Dunn

Emu 84(1) 23 - 28
Published: 1984


The birds of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Indian Ocean, were surveyed by T.S. and W.S. in January 1982 and other records by W.S. and K.D. are included. Thirty-four species are recorded, of which nine are new records for the islands. Three species, introduced between 1885-1906 and recorded in 1940-41 or 1958, are believed to be extinct. Very few land or sea birds remain on the main atoll and the large rookery of seabirds on North Keeling Island is threatened by a recent increase in the number of birds killed. The endemic subspecies of the Buff-banded Rail Rallus philippensis andraosi which is common on North Keeling Island but rare on the main atoll, appears to be endangered.

Full text doi:10.1071/MU9840023

© Royal Australian Ornithologists Union 1984

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