Bird-Watching in the Marquesas
Serious birdwatchers rate the Marquesas as a top birding hot spot, where you can spot rare species that are found nowhere else in the world. Here are just a few feathered friends to look out for:
Fatu Hiva monarch (Pomarea whitneyi) Fatu Hiva; forest-dwelling, 19cm, glossy purple-black; approximately 25 birds left in existence.
Iphis monarch (Pomarea iphis) 'Ua Huka; forest-dwelling, small light brown body, estimated population 1000–2500.
Marquesan imperial pigeon (Ducula galeata) Nuku Hiva and ‘Ua Huka; 55cm and arboreal with a dark grey body with bronze-green reflections; approximate population 300.
Marquesan kingfisher (Todiramphus godeffroyi) Tahuata; beautiful white crown, blue eye stripe and blue-green back; population 400 to 500.
Ultramarine lorikeet (Vini ultramarina) ‘Ua Huka; 18cm, flashy blue and aqua green with small orange beak; estimated population around 2000.
White-capped fruit dove (Ptilinopus dupetithouarsii) Throughout the archipelago; 20cm, greyish-white crown and olive green body; population unknown.
For more information, go to www.manu.pf and www.birdlife.org.