eWestern BirdsThe Quarterly Journal of Western Field Ornithologists
Vol. 49, No. 3
Western Field Ornithologists
First Report of the Palau Bird Records Committee
Demei Otobed, Alan R. Olsen, Milang Eberdong, Heather Ketebengang, Mandy T. Etpison, H. Douglas Pratt, Glenn H. McKinlay, Gary J. Wiles, Eric A. VanderWerf, Mark O’Brien, Ron Leidich, Umai Basilius, and Yalap Yalap
ABSTRACT: After compiling a historical list of 158 species of birds known to occur in Palau, the Palau Bird Records Committee accepted 10 first records of new occurrences of bird species: the Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor), Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus), White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus), Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata), Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica), Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae), Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda), Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), and Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina). These additions bring Palau’s total list of accepted species to 168. We report Palau’s second records of the Broad-billed Sandpiper (Calidris falcinellus), Chestnut-winged Cuckoo (Clamator coromandus), Channel-billed Cuckoo, White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus) and Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis). This report concludes with a current list of the bird species known from Palau.