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    Least Surveyed Areas of Australia

    So, the Cairns area clearly has lots of the tropical endemics/migrants and is clearly well surveyed. However, are there parts of the area which still get relatively few visits?
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    Least Known Birds of Australia

    Allen, thanks. Have you seen it? If so, where? If not, where would you go to look for them? Thanks, will do some reading on them in the meantime.
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    Least Known Birds of Australia

    I'd appreciate reports of people looking for the BBBQ and NOT finding it. Where did you look? Why did you look there? Do you think its worth looking again? Thanks, Kai
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    Least Known Birds of Australia

    Thanks for the sarcasm, always good for motivation. So, tell me why you would nominate those two as targets. What specifically about them and their biology is unknown? Thanks, Kai
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    Least Known Birds of Australia

    Can you tell me who the hardcore birders are there that have/are looking for them? I'd love to be in touch with them. I guess everything is difficult to find, until its found, right? Or, it does not exist in which case it won't be found. Nonetheless, one does not find things without looking...
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    Undescribed

    Daniel, Thanks for the excellent spreadsheet. Must have taken 100s of hours to put together. Do you do it for fun? Kai
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    Nominations for Least Studied Areas

    Actually, I am not working with an "advisor". I am not a PhD student, but an independent researcher. Can do the literature trawl no problem, but was hoping some here have done some thinking about it already and might be able to summarise some of it. Thanks though. Do you have an island group...
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    Least Known Birds of Australia

    Did some reading on the Buff Breasted. Surprised that more is not known about it. The habitat, for a relatively unknown species, is quite accessible. The reports and recovery plan suggest that the atherton tableland may contain suitable habitat, but the birds have not been observed there. Does...
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    Least Known Birds of Australia

    I knew about the Night Parrot, but not the Buff-breasted Button Quail. I'll have to look it up. I was thinking of taking a week to try to locate one of the least known species to locate and observe it--see if I could bring back any information which might be helpful to the continued conservation...
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    Guadalcanal Moustached Kingfisher

    Thanks for the note, but I want to reply to the following: Not at all sure I agree with you, as others have noted above. The regulations may be there IN MOST PLACES, but enforcement is another thing entirely. Therefore self-regulation by collecting agencies ought to have long been a very...
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    Guadalcanal Moustached Kingfisher

    I think it might for the reason that 90% still eat birds and probably a similar percentage still respect the scientific community's efforts. It certainly is much better than having no scientific justification for the need and sustainability of the work, right?
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    Least Surveyed Areas of Australia

    I'd love to know which areas of Australia have had the least amount of birders and professional ornithologists visit them. Are there places where relatively few have done any serious observation? If so, what are those places? Why do you think few people get there?
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    Least Known Birds of Australia

    I would appreciate it if everyone here might give their opinion about the three least known birds which regularly occur in Australia. Which are they? What about each needs to be studied and known better? (range, diet, vocalisations, behaviour, predators, nesting, habitat, etc).
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    Undescribed

    Again, very helpful, thanks.
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    Undescribed

    Thanks, that is extremely helpful.
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    Guadalcanal Moustached Kingfisher

    I am not against collecting specimens. I can see the value in them. I do think there are limits to benefit they can bring. I think many species have been and still are being over collected. With that said, I don't think there is any excuse for collecting a species about which so little is known...
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    Sillem's Mountain Finch

    Criag, what were the results of the trip? Any photos or range information to share with us? Thanks.
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    Nominations for Least Studied Areas

    This is ironic. I spent a few months in the area in the late 90's as a relief worker and got myself into a sticky situation with one of the local military groups, but much of the area is visitable with local knowledge. Of course, this area is huge. I remember paying acute attention to each bird...
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    Undescribed bird in Madagascar?

    Jens, I sent him a note yesterday to see if he still has the photos.
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    Nominations for Least Studied Areas

    This is an interesting question. When I wrote the post I was thinking about truly new taxa, but I am just as interested in your angle on the question too. I come from Southern California and was surprised to find several species in places which it was not common knowledge they were there, even...
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    Nominations for Least Studied Areas

    On Indonesia, or the Philippines for that matter, how on earth could you figure out which of the islands have been surveyed? As far as I know, it would require a full literature search just to figure out which ones have had someone visit, much less assess the quality of their activities. Right...
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    Thailand winter 15/16

    Happy to go...no funds though...if you can fund a compadre, I am there!
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    Nominations for Least Studied Areas

    I'd love it if those in the know here would nominate those places on the planet most in need of ornithological exploration. What are the three places you would nominate for a survey team to visit?
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    Undescribed

    Also, if you had to take an educated guess at which three areas/regions of the world were still most likely to contain undescribed taxa of any sort, what would those locations be and why? I have some vacation time coming up...perhaps I'll plan a trip.
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    Undescribed

    Is anyone willing to post an anthology of the birds they know are being described, but have not yet been published? I thought about starting one from this thread, but figured someone had already done it. Thanks.
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