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Federated States of Micronesia

Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus ©Ian Montgomery Website

The Federated States of Micronesia is an island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, north of Papua New Guinea. The country is a sovereign state in free association with the United States. The Federated States of Micronesia were formerly part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, a United Nations Trust Territory under U.S. administration. In 1979 they adopted a constitution, and in 1986 independence was attained under a Compact of Free Association with the United States. The Federated States of Micronesia are located in the region known as Micronesia, which consists of hundreds of small islands divided in eight territories. The term Micronesia may refer to the Federated States or to the region as a whole.It is made up of 607 extending 1,800 miles (2,900 km) (2,900 km) across the archipelago of the Caroline Islands east of the Philippines; scattered across over 1.5 million square miles of the Pacific yet all its islands combined make up only 271 square miles of land.

The four constituent island groups are Yap, Chuuk (called Truk until January 1990), Pohnpei (called Ponape until November 1984), and Kosrae. These four states are each represented by a white star on the national flag. The capital is Palikir, on Pohnpei.



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Bird Recordings from Micronesia (Tape)

Steve Smith Produced by the author

Checklist of the Birds of Micronesia

P Pyle and J Engbring 12 pages Hawaii Audubon Society

ISBN: 16988

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2011 [06 June] - Ross Silcock


…We decided to go around the island to its north side and walk up a trail to the site of a WW2 Japanese gun emplacement. On our way down we found a Palau Monarch, another endemic- a small flycatcher…

2012 [01 January] - Chris Doughty


…Highlights of our island hopping journey were many and varied and included such remote and difficult to find endemics as Micronesian Scrubfowl, Palau Ground-Dove, Mariana Crow, Nightingale Reed-Warbler and Truk, Olive and Long-billed White eyes….

2016 [04 April] - Pete Morris - Micronesia

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...After a fairly short night’s sleep, we took it easy on our frst day on Yap, essentially taking the frst morning off. After lunch, we explored an area of semi-natural forest, where we began to pick up our frst endemics. Plain White-eyes were particularly common, our frst Yap Monarchs showed well and the local form of Rufous Fantail obliged. The frst glimpses of ground doves were less than satisfactory though....

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