Solomon Islands - Birds transit
The Solomon Islands, comprised of over 900 islands, are located in
the southwest Pacific, covering an area of 2.8369 million square
kilometers. With a population of 480,000, the vast majority (93%)
are Melanesian, with Protestantism and Catholic the main religions.
The official language is English, although common pigeon languages
are also spoken. The currency is the Solomon Islands dollars and the
capital is Honiara.
The Solomon Islands’ flag contains the colors blue, yellow, and
green, with five white stars to the top left of the flag. Blue
symbolizes the sky and the sea blue, yellow symbolizes the sun, and
green represents the island's forests. The five stars symbolize the
island's five regions: East, West, Central, Malaita, and other
People lived on the Solomon Islands as early as 3000 years ago. In
1568 it was discovered by the Spanish and named Hou Helan. After the
Spanish it was also occupied by Germany, and Britain, as well as
other settlers.. In 1885, North Solomon became a German
protectorate, but was transferred to the United Kingdom that same
year. In 1893, it became the British Solomon Islands protectorate,
but was later occupied by the Japanese during World War II. In 1976,
the islands established an internal self-government, and on July 7,
1978, independence was declared, with the Solomon Islands becoming
part of the.
Economy and Cultural Customs
More than 90% of the land is covered by forest, and the islands see
an abundance of birds, with many different species migrating from
Alaska and North Siberia, stopping off on the islands on their way
south to Australia and New Zealand. The Solomon Islands are a good
places to rest, and has earned the reputation the "bird transfer
station.". The coasts are flat and the sea is clear and transparent,
with good visibility. As such, it is regarded as the one of the
world’s best diving areas.