Reintroduction of the endangered puaiohi Mayadestes palmeri to Alakai Swamp, Kauai Island, Hawaii, USA

  • Published source details Tweed E.J., Foster J.T., Woodworth B.L., Oesterle P., Kuehler C., Lieberman A.A., Powers A.T., Whitaker K., Monahan W.B., Kellerman J. & Telfer T. (2003) Survival, dispersal and home-range establishment of reintroduced captive-bred puaiohi Myadestes palmeri. Biological Conservation, 111, 1-9


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Release captive-bred individuals into the wild to restore or augment wild populations of songbirds

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Bird Conservation
  1. Release captive-bred individuals into the wild to restore or augment wild populations of songbirds

    A replicated study (Tweed et al. 2003) reviewing the same programme as in Kuehler et al. 2000 found that all 14 captive-bred puaiohi Myadestes palmeri released survived for at least 56 days after release. Six of the birds (43%) established breeding territories and two of the remaining females formed pairs with local males. The authors note that repopulating specific areas may require multiple releases because of the 57% dispersal out of the release area.


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