Status of birds, peka (flying foxex) and reptiles on Niue island

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Publication Date: 
2012
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Call Number: 
[EL]
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Available online
ISBN_ISSN: 
978-982-04-0468-7 (print)
978-982-04-467-0 (online)
Physical Description: 
34 p.
Content Item Id: 
39643
Status of birds, peka (flying foxex) and reptiles on Niue island
Abstract: 

During 10–21 September, quantitative surveys were carried out of birds and flying foxes using the same techniques as applied in earlier surveys, and searches carried out for a rare parrot and lizard. Bird counts showed that the lupe or Pacific imperial-pigeon population has recovered following a decline between 1994 and 2004 though the current hunting rate is considered unsustainable. Miti or Polynesian starling numbers have gradually declined over the period 1994–2012 which is a concern and hard to explain. Rat predation is a possible cause. There was also an indication that pekapeka or white-rumped swiftlet numbers have declined though more investigation is needed to confirm this. We were unable to find any hega or blue-crowned lory though a few individuals were reported to us. Numbers are clearly very low and the next step must be to gain a better understanding of where the species regularly occurs so that management can be applied.

GEFPAS Project: 
No
Record Id: 
78906