Control predators not on islands for parrots
Overall effectiveness category Awaiting assessment
Number of studies: 1
Supporting evidence from individual studies
A replicated, controlled trial in New Zealand (Moorhouse et al. 2003) found that the nesting success of kakas Nestor meridionalis was significantly higher at three sites with control (80–87% of 70 nests successful) than at three unmanaged sites (10–38% of 43 nests). Predation rate of nesting females was also significantly lower at sites with predator control (5% of 38 tracked females vs. 65% of 17). Stoats Mustela erminea, common brushtail possums Trichosurus vulpecula and rats Rattus spp. were controlled with trapping and poisoning with 1080 sodium monofluoroacetate and anticoagulents. Data comes from 1996-2000 for five sites and 1984-1996 for one (unmanaged) site.Study and other actions tested
Referenced paperMoorhouse R., Greene T., Dilks P., Powlesland R., Moran L., Taylor G., Jones A., Knegtmans J., Wills D., Pryde M., Fraser I., August A. & August C. (2003) Control of introduced mammalian predators improves kaka Nestor meridionalis breeding success: reversing the decline of a threatened New Zealand parrot. Biological Conservation, 110, 33-44.