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Birds of the Aleipata Islands, Samoa

TitleBirds of the Aleipata Islands, Samoa
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsParrish, R, Sherley, GH
Type of ArticleArticle
KeywordsAleipata Islands, bird fauna, ecological restoration, Friendly ground-dove, Samoa

An annotated checklist of birds recorded or reported on the Aleipata Is, Samoa is presented. Nu’utele and Nu’ulua Is were the focus of an attempt to eradicate Pacific rats (Rattus exulans) in 2009. The data presented are from bird surveys intended to provide baseline information to determine the effect of rodent eradication on the bird fauna. Fanuatapu or Namu’a Is were surveyed as experimental controls. A total of 42 species were recorded or reported, comprised of 24 species of land birds (including 3 introduced species) and 18 species of seabirds and shorebirds. Morphometric data are also presented from Friendly ground-doves (Gallicolumba stairi) that were removed from Nu’utele I and held in captivity during the rat eradication attempt.

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