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The bibliographic data bank of the Polynesian Society of Ornithology holds more than 400 references. You can find books, publications, articles and study reports. Our documents are mainly related to French Polynesian and Pacific birds. However, other referenced documents concern also conservation issues of bird species.

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Manu narratives of Polynesia: a comparative study of birds in 300 traditional Polynesian stories

Richter-Gravier, R. (2019). Manu narratives of Polynesia: a comparative study of birds in 300 traditional Polynesian stories (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/9739
Permanent link to OUR Archive version: http://hdl.handle.net/10523/9739
Et sur le portail HAL de l’UPF : https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/tel-02346314

In all traditional Polynesian societies, birds engaged humans’ imagination with their songs, their colours and their power of flight, especially because of the absence of large land mammals in Polynesia. Manu (‘birds’ in most Polynesian languages) were also very powerful symbols. This thesis aims to offer a comparative study of the role of birds in traditional Polynesian narratives and to find commonalities between stories from different Polynesian island groups, in order to provide, through textual analysis, a picture of the spiritual, material and emotional relationship of Polynesian peoples with birds in pre-European times.A corpus of 300 bird-related Polynesian narratives has been assembled. Those were, for the most part, collected and published in the 19th and 20th centuries by travellers, government officials, ethnographers, missionaries, anthropologists and linguists. The texts have all been summarised, and the recurrent themes and motifs involving the birds have been analysed in depth. Though ‘Polynesia’ is understood as comprising all the island groups within the Polynesian Triangle as well as the Polynesian Outliers, references have also been made to stories originating from other parts of Oceania. The analysis of the texts suggests that birds appear in the stories in a variety of roles. Some narratives are purely ‘animal stories’ without human characters. These account for and give meaning to the physical, vocal and behavioural characteristics of a given species, Polynesian peoples having developed their own bodies of belief to explain a bird’s behaviour and appearance. However, birds also play a part in stories about the origin of the world and of humankind, and they appear in many traditions as message-bearers sent by a deity to warn or advise humans, as guardians and protectors, as cherished pets, but also as giant man-eating birds.These findings demonstrate that birds are far from being restricted to the ‘animal story’ genre: any type of Polynesian narrative may involve manu. Birds engaged Polynesian peoples’ imaginations in such a way that all their narratives could lend themselves to featuring feathered creatures as dramatis personae.


Birds of Eastern Polynesia

Jean-Claude Thibault & Alice Cibois
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ID: MON0035 – ISBN-13: 978-84-16728-05-3
Language: English
Format: 23 x 16 cm, Hardback – Pages: 440
Publication date: July 2017
142 distribution maps, c.200 colour illustrations and c.70 figures.

The book treats all of the 241 species, including extinct birds, ever recorded on the Line Islands, the Cook, Austral, Society, Marquesas, Tuamotu and Gambier archipelagos, the Pitcairn Group, and the Eastern Is.Group. Their distribution over the 151 islands of the region is detailed in 142 maps. The species accounts include systematics, a detailed morphometric or genetic analysis when it is available, and data on distribution, population size and trends, habitat and breeding. All species recorded in Eastern Polynesia are illustrated in colour, except those only known by bone records.
Birds of Eastern Polynesia” represents an original and much needed ornithological synthesis of all the available literature on Eastern Polynesian birds, including many difficult-to-find reports, as well as unpublished data gathered from local ornithologists and biologists. It also contains new data collected by the authors during numerous fieldtrips in Eastern Polynesia and during visits to museum collections. This work presents a complete overview of this vast oceanic region for anyone with an interest in the biology, biogeography and conservation of the birds of the Pacific islands.


Handbook of the Birds of the World

The Handbook of the Birds of the World covers in detail and illustrate every species of bird in the world. This task has taken from 1992, with the publication of Volume 1, to 2011 with the publication of Volume 16, covering the last families of birds. However, a number of species genuinely new to science have been described since the publication of their respective volumes, and therefore are not featured in the 16 volumes of HBW. The Special Volume covers and illustrates all of these species, 69, with texts, plates and distribution maps in the classic HBW format.
The Special Volume includes a comprehensive, global index to the collection, a useful tool which will enable users swiftly to find the species they are searching for in the more than 12,500 pages of the 16 volumes. An unexpected addition to this volume is a section including the original scientific descriptions of 15 species, all totally new to science.


MANU, les oiseaux de Polynésie
P. Fontaine, O. et J. Fossati, V. Mu-Liepman, P. Raust et Y. Vernaudon.
Collection Survol, Au vent des îles éditions (seconde édition, 2000)
ISBN : 2-909790-06-1
format : 130 x 200 mm – couverture : reliée – souple
nombre de pages : 64 – 91 illustrations en couleurs

Une centaine d’espèces d’oiseaux, dont certaines uniques au monde, peuplent les atolls et îles de Polynésie française. Cet ouvrage permet de toutes les reconnaître au premier coup d’œil grâce à ses illustrations abondantes et précises.