Birding French Polynesia
French Polynesia is a French overseas collectivity in the southern Pacific Ocean. It is made up of several groups of Polynesian islands, the most famous island being Tahiti in the Society Islands group, which is also the most populous island and the seat of the capital of the territory (Papeete).
It is composed of 118 geographically dispersed islands and atolls stretching over an expanse of more than 2,000 kilometres in the South Pacific Ocean. Its total land area is 4,167 square kilometres. French Polynesia is divided into five groups of islands: the Society Islands archipelago, composed of the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands; the Tuamotu Archipelago; the Gambier Islands; the Marquesas Islands; and the Austral Islands. Only 67 of the 118 islands and atolls are inhabited. Tahiti, which is located within the Society Islands, is the most populous island and the seat of the capital of the collectivity, Papeete. It has almost 70% of the population of the islands (2017). The island groups are:Austral IslandsBass Islands (often considered part of the Austral Islands)Gambier Islands (often considered part of the Tuamotu Archipelago)Marquesas IslandsSociety Islands (including Tahiti)Tuamotu ArchipelagoAside from Tahiti, some other important atolls, islands, and island groups in French Polynesia are: Ahe, Bora Bora, Hiva ‘Oa, Huahine, Maiao, Maupiti, Mehetia, Moorea, Nuku Hiva, Raiatea, Tahaa, Tetiaroa, Tubuai, and Tupai.There are relatively few bird species (122), the majority of which are seabirds with just 31 fully terrestrial species, most of which (27) are endemic.
Number of bird species: 122 (31 Terrestrial Species)
Number of endemics: 27Blue Lorikeet Vini peruviana - Lori nonette vini
Ultramarine Lorikeet, Vini ultramarina - Lori des Marquises, pihiti
Tahiti Swiftlet Aerodramus leucophaeus - Salangane de la SociÃ©tÃ©, 'ope'a
Marquesas Swiftlet Aerodramus ocistus - Salangane des Marquises, kopekapeka, kope'a
Chattering Kingfisher Halcyon tuta - Martin-chasseur de PolynÃ©sie, ruro
Tuamotu Kingfisher Halcyon gambieri - Martin-chasseur de Niau, kote'ute'u
Marquesan Kingfisher Halcyon godeffroyi - Martin-chasseur des Marquises, Pahi
Tahiti Kingfisher Halcyon venerata - Martin-chasseur vÃ©nÃ©rÃ©, Ruro
Tahiti Monarch Pomarea nigra - Monarque de Tahiti, 'omama'o
Iphis Monarch Pomarea iphis - Monarque pie
Marquesan Monarch Pomarea mendozae - Monarque marquisien, koma'o, pa
Fatuhiva Monarch, Pomarea whitneyi - Monarque de Fatu-Hiva
Tahiti Reed-warbler Acrocephalus caffer - Fauvette Ã long bec, `otatare, manu ofe, kotiotio
Marquesas Reed-warbler Acrocephalus mendanae - Fauvette des Marquises, Komako
Rimatara Reed-warbler Acrocephalus rimatarae - Fauvette de Rimatara, oromao
Murphy's Petrel rodroma ultima - PÃ©trel de Murphy, e'upo
Otu Sandpiper Prosobonia cancellata - BÃ©casseau polynÃ©sien, titi
Polynesian Ground-dove Gallicolumba erythroptera - Gallicolombe Ã©rythroptÃ¨re, u'uaira'o, tutururu
Marquesas Ground-dove Gallicolumba rubescens - Gallicolombe des Marquises
Gray-green Fruit-dove Ptilinopus purpuratus - Ptilope de la SociÃ©tÃ©, 'u'upa
Atoll Fruit-dove Ptilinopus coralensis - Ptilope des Tuamotu, o'o
Makatea Fruit-dove Ptilinopus chalcurus - Ptilope de Makatea, 'u'upa
White-capped Fruit-dove Ptilinopus dupetithouarsii - Ptilope de Dupetit-Thouars, kuku
Rapa Fruit-dove Ptilinopus huttoni - Ptilope de Hutton, koko
Polynesian Pigeon Ducula aurorae - Carpophage du Pacifique, rupe
Nuku Hiva Pigeon Ducula galeata - Carpophage des Marquises, upe
Kuhl's Lorikeet Vini kuhlii - Lori de Kuhl, 'ura
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Polynesian Ornithological SocietyInformationaka MANU - meaning 'bird' in the Tahitian language
2010 [07 July] - Scott BowersReportFor the solar eclipse of July 11, 2010, we had intended to visit Easter Island. However, extremely poor service from LAN Chile Airlines prompted us to change our plans to visit French Polynesia instead…
2011 [07 July] - Petri Hottola - TahitiPDF Report…Tahiti is the gateway to French Polynesia and has five endemic bird species to look for: Grey-green Fruit-Dove, Tahiti Kingfisher, Tahiti Swiftlet, Tahiti Reed Warbler and the critically endangered Tahiti Monarch. The few Chattering Kingfishers are very difficult to locate….
2014 [04 April] - Keith MillarPDF Report... We saw only 57 species, plus three mammals, three reptiles, two butterflies, a dragonfly and one freshwater fish. But that list does include eight of the world’s rarest birds, found in some of the most beautiful islands on earth. In visiting this remote part of the South Pacific you will help directly in supporting the conservation of these species. As visiting birdwatchers - a rarity in itself - you will almost automatically raise local awareness...
2016 [01 January] - Barry CooperPDF ReportThis is approximately our tenth seabirdoriented voyage on a commercial cruise ship. We have learned that these large vessels offer many opportunities for the serious seabirder. Not the least of which is a completely stable platform from which one can comfortably use one’s scopes, covered decks in wet weather, and a vast array of possible routes.
List of birds of French PolynesiaInformationThis is a list of the bird species recorded in French Polynesia. The avifauna of French Polynesia include a total of 154 species, of which 42 are endemic, 14 have been introduced. Of these, 35 species are globally threatened.