How invasive species are threatening precious island birds and plants

16 November 2020

Tammana Begum from The Natural History Museum reports on international research, led by UC Science graduate Dr Jo Carpenter and University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's Don Drake, exploring how the impact of colonisation has resulted in the disappearance of endemic birds in Hawaii, the Mascarenes and Aotearoa New Zealand, affecting unique island flora.

  • Mauritian wood pigeon illustration

    The small and easily caught Mauritian wood pigeon became extinct around 1730, most likely due to overhunting, predation by rats and deforestation. Illustration © Julian Hume.

Read the article on Natural History Museum here.

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