Vagrant and extra-limital bird records accepted by the Birds New Zealand Records Appraisal Committee 2015-2016
|Title||Vagrant and extra-limital bird records accepted by the Birds New Zealand Records Appraisal Committee 2015-2016|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Miskelly, CM, Crossland, AC, Sagar, PM, Saville, I, Tennyson, AJD, Bell, EA|
|Type of Article||Full article|
|Keywords||Australian wood duck, extra-limital, first breeding record, first record, glossy ibis, Herald petrel, Laughing gull, magpie-lark, New Zealand bird, northern fulmar, red-footed booby, vagrant|
We report Records Appraisal Committee (RAC) decisions regarding Unusual Bird Reports received between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016. Among the 113 submissions accepted by the RAC were the first New Zealand records of northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis), Herald petrel (Pterodroma heraldica), red-footed booby (Sula sula), laughing gull (Larus atricilla) and magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca), the first breeding records for Australian wood duck (Chenonetta jubata) and glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), and the second accepted records of shy mollymawk (Thalassarche cauta cauta), great shearwater (Puffinus gravis) and Cape gannet (Morus capensis). Other notable records included a pair of white-winged black terns (Chlidonias leucopterus) breeding in the Mackenzie basin, and the first record of pukeko (Porphyrio melanotus) from the Snares Islands. In addition, notable influxes of brown booby (Sula leucogaster) and great frigatebird (Fregata minor) occurred during 2015-16.