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Moluccas

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Map by Wintibird

The Moluccas are a group of islands in Indonesia.
They are situated west of New Guinea, northwest of Australia, east of Sulawesi and the Lesser Sundas.

Politically they form two Indonesian provinces:

  • Maluku
  • Ambon
  • Aru
  • Babar
  • Banda
  • Buru
  • Kai
  • Kisar
  • Leti
  • Seram
  • Tanimbar
  • Wetar
  • North Maluku
  • Ternate
  • Bacan
  • Halmahera
  • Morotai
  • Obi
  • Sula
  • Tidore

They lie in Wallacea, the biogeographical area between Asia and Australia. Their avifauna is more Australasian than Asian and families like Birds-of-paradise, Honeyeaters or Whistlers are represented by many endemic species.
The logging of rainforest for timber and the growing populations of the islands are a big threat to the future of many species.

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