DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15560/13.2.2066

Avifaunal inventory of Laysan Island, Hawaii, USA

Cameron L. Rutt

Abstract


Here I present a 6-month bird inventory of Laysan (25.776° N, 171.733° W), a coral island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Forty-four species belonging to 17 families were recorded, including six globally threatened species. Three species new to Laysan were found: Tringa brevipes, Tringa glareola, and Larus hyperboreus. This study expands upon previous ornithological coverage of the island, the majority of which has been partial, transitory, or historical.


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birds; Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

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