Sunday, September 16, 2007

New Bird Species

The Division of Fish & Wildlife and the Department of Lands and Natural Resources are preparing to introduce two new bird species to the Marianas with the goal of stemming the spread of the brown tree snake, Boiga irregularis.

The brown tree snake has decimated vertebrate species in Guam, especially birds. If the snake were able to establish a population on any of the other islands of the Marianas, it would probably lead to the extinction of several more bird species.

The birds being introduced by the CNMI government are expected to turn the tide of the introduction. Snakes don't eat these birds; these birds eat snakes.

The first bird species is the Tiger Bittern, Gorsakius melanolophus:

Tiger Bittern Gorsakius melanolophusThe second bird species is the bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula:

Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhulaI don't think the brown tree snake stands a chance.

1 comment:

Tamara said...

I love birds but I sure hope I don't run into any of those sitting on the trees in my yard! They look like they will eat brown tree snakes, mice, kittens, puppies, cows, goats, the horses down in marpi, and an occassional soccer player who picks up trash and paints over graffitti on the weekends...hmmm, Great job DFW and DLNR :)