2 Oct 2017

Samoa's national bird under threat

From , 6:01 am on 2 October 2017

Samoa's National Conservation Society is pinning hits hopes on an international awareness campaign to save, the manumea, Samoa's rare and elusive national bird.

The Society has teamed up with Auckland Zoo and Samoa's Ministry of Natural Resources, and a UK team to save the manumea.

Endemic to Samoa, the manumea is a unique tooth-billed pigeon and faces threat of extinction due to deforestation, the arrival of rats and cats and other human development on its island home.  

The President of the Samoa Conservation Society, James Atherton, told Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor, how rare the manumea is.

Samoa's native bird, the Manumea.

Samoa's native bird, the Manumea. Photo: Supplied