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'Eua - 'Eua National ParkSatellite View
The southern cliffs and forests are perhaps most rewarding, as many of the seabirds and most of the forest birds can be seen here. Among seabirds, Grey Noddies are the most unusual species to be encountered. Brown Bobbies and Brown Noddies breed on the cliffs and White Terns and White-tailed Tropicbirds are common over the sea as well as above the forest. Most of 'Eua's land birds are seen in this area such as the introduced Red-breasted Musk Parrots, Pacific Pigeons, Crimson-crowned Fruit-doves, Polynesian Trillers, Wattled Honeyeaters, Polynesian Starlings and the White-collared Kingfisher.
Maninita & TaulaSatellite View
The remote southern islands of Maninita and Taula are important seabird nesting sites with 19 species of birds recorded on or around the islands. There are 3 species of resident breeding land birds the Wattled Honeyeater, Banded Rail and White-collared Kingfisher. 5 seabirds nest on the islands Black and Brown Noddies, White Terns, Black-winged Petrels and the Red-footed Booby. In 2002, with assistance from NZAid, a rat eradication programme was successfully conducted on Maninita and Taula.
The ultimate destination for birders in Tonga is the remote northernmost island of the archipelago, Nuiafo'ou, home of the critically endangered endemic Tongan Megapode. This extremely interesting and beautiful island can now be accessed by air. However, bookings well in advance are essential as arrangements need to be made with the villagers from Angaha to organize boat transport to the islands in the caldera to see this extremely rare bird.
Tongatapu - Sopu MudflatsSatellite View
These fringing mudflats and patches of Mangroves are located west of Nuku'alofa. This is a good site for waders and Pacific Black Duck, Reef Egrets, Black-naped and Crested Terns are normally seen. Both White-faced and Mangrove Herons have been observed here, neither of which is a confirmed breeder in Tonga. On the coast here the ubiquitous White-collared Kingfisher is common and Pacific Swallows, a rare species in Tonga, may be seen.
Tongatapu - Tongan Wildlife CentreWebsite
Originally established by the German based Brehm Fund for International Bird Conservation and now run by the Tongan Wildlife Trust. The Centre is actively involved in captive breeding wild releasing, and in translocation between islands of threatened Tongan wildlife.
Vava'u is outstandingly beautiful. Those in search of the endemic Tongan Whistler will find them in the native forest on the northern side of the main island. Listen for their characteristic whistling call.
Number of bird species: 74
Number of endemics: 2
Niaufoou Scrubfowl Megapodius pritchardii Tongan Whistler Pachycephala jacquinoti
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We offer guiding throughout the Kingdom, for a day or two or a comprehensive tour of the island groups and their unique birdlife... email@example.com
Mounu Island ResortDay Trips
The remote uninhabitated islands to the south of Mounu are home to prolific colonies of sea birds. Day trips can be made to these islands where we will take you ashore to view at close range the habitat and behaviour of the numerous species. For the past couple of years we have invested time into research, monitoring and perserving these islands for the continous breeding and protection of the birds.
Tonga Nature GuideInformation
Of the South Pacific Islands, Tonga has the least appeal to nature lovers, other than those of marine environments. The main island of Tongatapu has been mostly stripped of its native forests for family and commercial plantations. Consequently, there are a few native birds existing but those that can be seen include lorikeets and the koki parrot, as well as the endemic malau...
Fafa Island ResortAccommodation
Fafa is one of the 170 islands of the idylic Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga. The seven hectare coral island is about 7 kilometres north of Nuku'alofa, the capital of Tonga or 30 minutes sailing with Fafa's motor sailer. A maximum of 32 guests stay in traditionally built fales surrounded by gardens - there are 8 rustic fales and 8 superior beach bungalows with enclosed courtyards.
Friendly Islander HotelAccommodation
Conveniently located just 2,5 km from the centre of Nuku`alofa, the Friendly Islander offers value for your money in a relaxing home-away-from-home atmosphere...
Heilala Holiday Lodge B&BAccommodation
Activities we can arrange for you: Boat trips to islands off Tongatapu, Diving and snorkeling, Island/Beach tours, Whale watching, Tongan feasts, Game fishing and more...
Mounu Island Eco ResortAccommodation
Mounu is situated in the south of the Vava`u Archipelago. Mounu is the southern most inhabited island in the Vava`u group. A 6.5 acre coral attol fringed with white coral sands surrounded by spectacular coral reefs. At Mounu we are proud to be an eco resort. We utilise solar power with 12,24,110,240 volt being available. Rain water is collected and stored in tanks. The resort is connected with the outside world by VHF radio telephone. We recycle where possible...
Summary of the birds of Tonga - list...
Tonga Nature GuideWebsite
Of the South Pacific Islands, Tonga has the least appeal to nature lovers, other than those of marine environments. The main island of Tongatapu has been mostly stripped of its native forests for family and commercial plantations. Consequently, there are a few native birds existing but those that can be seen include lorikeets and the koki parrot, as well as the endemic malau which incubates its eggs on the warm volcanic slopes of Niuafo'ou Island in the Ha'apai Group. For those who like nature and are visiting Tonga, head to 'Eua Island south of Tongatapu where native forest can be found along with nice hiking trails...
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