30 Jun 2003

Samoan government launches programme to control introduced bird species

4:54 pm on 30 June 2003

Samoa's Ministry of Natural resources and Environment is to launch a programme to control an imported bird species.

Two varieties of Myna bird wre introduced to Samoa to control agricultural pests.

The Jungle Myna was introduced in 1965 and the Indian Myna some twenty years later.

Numbers of both birds have increased to the point where some form of control is needed.

Many live in trees lining Apia's main street, depositing large quantities of droppings and deafening passers-by with their cries at dusk.

The ministry says the birds are aggresive and territorial and have had a serious impact on native bird species by stealing their eggs and preying on their young.