Study

Restoring avian island endemics: use of supplementary food by the endangered pink pigeon (Columba mayeri)

  • Published source details Edmunds K., Bunbury N., Sawmy S., Jones C.G. & Bell D.J. (2008) Restoring avian island endemics: use of supplementary food by the endangered pink pigeon (Columba mayeri). Emu, 108, 74-80.

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Provide supplementary food for pigeons to increase adult survival

Action Link
Bird Conservation
  1. Provide supplementary food for pigeons to increase adult survival

    A study of restored pink pigeon Nesoenas mayeri (formerly Columba mayeri) populations in two forest sites on Mauritius, in April to June 2005 (Edmunds et al. 2008) found that 99% of the 195 birds studied visited supplementary feeders. More birds appeared to use feeders outside rather than inside release aviaries, although this was not tested statistically. Younger birds used the feeders more frequently older birds but there was no difference in use between nesting and non-nesting birds and feeding stations did not appear to influence the position of breeding territories. Supplementary food consisted of wheat provided from hoppers, protected from rats by being placed on platforms with plastic sheeting around the supporting post.

     

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