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Catalogue of British Columbia Birds   By: (1874-)

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Catalogue of British Columbia Birds.



The present list is intended to include all birds which have been so far proven to occur in British Columbia.

I am fully aware of its incompleteness, and very much regret much of its lack of more definite information regarding the distribution of certain species, and with regard to that portion of the Province in north and northeastern interior, which, I have no doubt, is a valuable field for work.

Since the publication of the list of British Columbia birds in 1898 by the late John Fannin, which contained 339 species and sub species, and with the information to hand, enables me to add to this 24.

I wish to extend my thanks especially to the following constant observers for more or less extended local lists, notes and specimens: A. C. Brooks, Chilliwhack, Okanagan and Cariboo; Rev. J. H. Keen, Queen Charlotte Islands and Metlakatla; Thos. Kermode, William Head Quarantine Station; E. P. Venables, Yernon; Chas. de Blois Green, Fairview and Keremeos.

I have also obtained valuable information from the check list published by the late John Fannin.

FRANCIS KERMODE, Curator Provincial Museum .

Victoria, B. C., August, 1904 .

Order PYGOPODES. Diving birds.



1. Western Grebe.

AEchmophorus occidentalis (Lawr.).

A common winter resident along the coast of Vancouver Island and Mainland. Mr. Brooks says a few remain all winter at Okanagan Lake.

COLYMBUS Linnaeus.

2. American Red necked Grebe. "Holboell's Grebe."

Colymbus holboelli (Reinh.).

A common winter resident along the coast of Vancouver Island and Mainland. Winter resident on Okanagan Lake. ( Brooks .) Not common at Metlakatla. ( Rev. J. H. Keen .) Breeds on many of the lakes along the Cariboo Road above Clinton. ( Fannin .)

3. Horned Grebe.

Colymbus auritus (Linn.).

A common winter resident on the coast, and very common in the straits near Victoria, in April. Brooks reports it at Okanagan Lake all winter. Breeds on the lakes from Okanagan to Dense Lake. ( Fannin .) Rare at Metlakatla. ( Rev. J. H. Keen .)

4. American Eared Grebe.

Colymbus nigricollis californicus (Heerm.).

Taken at Kamloops, June, 1889. ( Spreadborough .) Found breeding on lakes at Kamloops; Catalogue of Canadian Birds. ( Macoun .)


5. Pied billed Grebe.

Podilymbus podiceps (Linn.).

Common resident on Vancouver Island; it breeds on lakes close to Victoria. Common resident on Island and Mainland; breeds throughout its range. ( Fannin .)

Family GAVIIDAE Loons.

GAVIA Forster.

6. Great Northern Diver. Loon.

Gavia imber (Gunn.).

Common resident throughout the Province; breeds on Vancouver Island and Mainland.

7. Black throated Loon.

Gavia arcticus (Linn.).

Taken at Burrard Inlet ( Fannin ), and at Dease Lake, Cassiar, by James Porter.

8. Pacific Loon.

Gavia pacificus (Lawr.).

Not common; one specimen taken at Comox by W. B. Anderson, and at Chilliwhack by Brooks; Victoria, May 13th, 1904, by Fred. Foster.

9. Red throated Loon.

Gavia lumme (Gunn.).

I found this species quite common on Barkley Sound, V. I., April 19th, 1894, and fairly common near Esquimalt. Mr. Brooks reports it at Chilliwhack.

Family ALCIDAE. Auks, Murres and Puffins.

LUNDA Pallas.

10. Tufted Puffin.

Lunda cirrhata (Pall.).

Common along the coast of Vancouver Island, Queen Charlotte Islands and Mainland; breeds on Bare Island, near Sidney, B. C.


11. Horned Puffin.

Fratercula corniculata (Naum.).

Rare at Massett, Queen Charlotte Islands. ( Rev. J. H. Keen .)


12. Rhinoceros Auklet.

Cerorhinca monocerata (Pall.).

Coasts of Vancouver Island and Mainland. Breeds on islands in Gulf of Georgia.

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