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The Atoll of Funafuti, Ellice group : its zoology, botany, ethnology and general structure based on collections made by Charles Hedley of the Australian Museum, Sydney, N.S.W.

Class Aves

Class Aves.

The account of the Avifauna of the atoll by Mr, A. J. North (pp. 79-88) can be supplemented by a few additions. Dr. H. Gadow has briefly enumerated the birds shot on Funafuti by Mr. J. S. Gardiner.* To these he adds Carpophaga pistrinaria, a species identified on the wing by his informant. As Mr. Gardiner was not previously acquainted with this species, such an identification cannot be considered of value, and I accordingly exclude it. In 1897 Mr. W. G. Woolnough, B.Sc, succeeded in shooting an example of the much debated Ellice Island Pigeon, which was subsequently determined by Mr. A. J. North as Globicerapacifica.

The avifauna of the Archipelago will doubtless be found on examination to contain most, if not all, of the twenty-six birds observed in the neighbouring Phoenix Group. At present the revised list drawn up by Mr. A. J. North, consists of the following fifteen species:—

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Urodynamis taitensis, Sparrmann.
Fregata aquila, Linne.
Demiegrefcta sacra, Gmelin.
G-lobicera pacifiea, Gmelin.
Charadrius fulvus, Gmelin.
Totanus ineanus, Gmelin.
Numenius taheiteneis, Gmelin.
Strepsilas interpres, Linne.
Limosa novaezealandise, Gray.
Anous stolidus, Linne.
Micranous leucocapillus, Gould.
Procelsterna caerulea, Bennett.
Sterna anaestheta, Scopulinus.
Sterna melanauchen, Temminck.
Gygis Candida, Gmelin.

* Gadow—Ibis (7), iv., Jan. 1898, p. 45.

North—Rec. Aust. Mus., iii., June, 1898, p. 86.

Lister—Proc. Zool. Soc., 1891i p. 300.