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The further spread of introduced birds in Samoa

TitleThe further spread of introduced birds in Samoa
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsMcAllan, IAW, Hobcroft, D
Type of Articlepaper
KeywordsAcridotheres fuscus, Acridotheres tristis, Columba livia, common myna, Gallus gallus, introduced birds, jungle myna, Pycnonotus cafer, red-junglefowl, red-vented bulbul, rock dove, Samoa

Five introduced bird species were observed in the wild in Samoa in November 2004. The red junglefowl Gallus gallus maintains wild populations in the mountainous areas; the rock dove Columba livia is presently confined to urban areas; and the red-vented bulbul Pycnonotus cafer and jungle myna Acridotheres fuscus have increased their ranges markedly over the past six years. The last two species, found in most inhabited areas, may be close to their maximum possible distribution in Samoa. The common myna Acridotheres tristis has also increased in range significantly and efforts should be made to control this species.

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