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Physical Method of control on common myna (Acridotheres tristis) in Sigatoka - Fiji Islands

Prasad, R. and Christi, Ketan S. (2014) Physical Method of control on common myna (Acridotheres tristis) in Sigatoka - Fiji Islands. International Journal of Engineering and Science, 3 (3). pp. 26-31. ISSN 2319-1805

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The invasive common myna is becoming a biggest threat on the indigenous biodiversity in Sigatoka. The study focused on three areas: urban (Sigatoka town), semi-urban (Malevu) and rural (Navola and Namatakula villages). A combination of two different methods was used to control myna in Sigatoka-1) The use of Pee Gee (PG) trap which was less effective due to the distractions caused by villagers, dogs and humans (thieves) and it removed 30% of the common myna. 2) The removal of the myna nests was quite successful as a total of 16 (44%) nests were removed but did not show a significant decrease in the common myna population. Data was collected through questionnaires which focused on myna population, roosting sites, threats and control measures used by framers. The most prominent standing crops and fruits damaged by myna in Sigatoka were eggplant, cabbage, chili, banana and pawpaw. A total of 530 common mynas were seen in Sigatoka with 11 roosting sites, more on trees (77%) and 36 nests on roofs (89%). However, 38% people in Sigatoka regarded myna as a beneficial bird of which 28.5% people were not using any form of control against myna.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This Journal supports Open access
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Depositing User: Ketan Christi
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2015 02:40
Last Modified: 13 May 2016 00:02

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