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Feral Pigs, Introduced Mosquitoes, and the Decline of Hawai'i's Native Birds

Fact Sheet 2006-3029

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Abstract

The introduction of mosquitoes, avian pox, and avian malaria to the Hawaiian Islands has had a profound effect on the geographical distribution and population number of highly susceptible Hawaiian honeycreepers, and likely contributed to the extinction of several species. While the mosquito vector (disease-carrier) is most closely associated with human activity, in remote Hawaiian rain forests, feral pigs may be pivotally important to the disease system. Since 1991, USGS scientists have taken a leadership position in identifying the role these diseases continue to play in the decline and extinction of native Hawaiian forest birds and in finding ways to mitigate their impacts.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Feral Pigs, Introduced Mosquitoes, and the Decline of Hawai'i's Native Birds
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2006-3029
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2006
Language:
ENGLISH
Description:
4 p.
Number of Pages:
4