30 Aug 2006

American Samoa seeks eradication of mynah birds

1:50 pm on 30 August 2006

A politician in American Samoa wants local and federal agencies to move fast to eradicate the growing population of mynah birds in the territory.

The mynah birds flock in large numbers and make a lot of noise, usually in the evenings.

They were introduced to many Pacific countries to counter the coconut stick insect, but now across the region there are attempts to eradicate them because of the impact they have on native bird populations, the noise they make, and reports of attacks on people.

Representative Falema'o Pili has introduced a resolution calling on the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources to work with the US Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies to get rid of the birds.

He says the greatest concern is that the mynahs could reach Manu'a and disrupt that island's wildlife.