SAMOA TO WAGE WAR ON MYNA BIRDS

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 30) - Samoa’s Ministry of Natural resources and Environment is to launch a program to control an imported bird species.

Two varieties of Myna bird were introduced to Samoa to control agricultural pests - the Jungle Myna in 1965 and the Indian Myna in 1985.

Officials now say the 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 aggressive and territorial and have had a serious impact on native bird species by stealing their eggs and preying on their young.

July 1, 2003

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