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Dead as a dodo? Rare Samoan species spotted

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 04:09 PM

A team of government researchers in Samoa has announced that it has finally sighted a juvenile Manumea bird (also known as the tooth-billed pigeon or little dodo) during an intensive field search in the forests of Savai'i, Samoa's northern island.

http://phys.org/news...are-samoan.html

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Posted 25 January 2014 - 05:23 PM

View PostStill Waters, on 25 January 2014 - 04:09 PM, said:

A team of government researchers in Samoa has announced that it has finally sighted a juvenile Manumea bird (also known as the tooth-billed pigeon or little dodo) during an intensive field search in the forests of Savai'i, Samoa's northern island.

http://phys.org/news...are-samoan.html

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The next step for researchers is to survey Samoa's southern island, Upolu, where some anecdotal reports have been collected. More fieldwork is needed to get the full picture, they say.

Wait.... Following up on anecdotal reports? I thought crypto-skeptics said that that doesn't happen?

They would also say this bird does not exist because there is estimated to be only 200 members left. Which is less then is required for a breeding population.

Edited by DieChecker, 25 January 2014 - 05:23 PM.

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 01:34 PM

I don't know the archipelago's makeup, but what Australia and New Zealand have done in some cases is to take an offshore island, survey it for suitable habitat, remove any non-native feral animals (rats, domestic cats, goats, etc) and the introduce a small breeding population of the endangered wildlife they are trying to protect. From what I have read the animals or birds are first brought into an intensive captive breeding program and their offspring are then released in stages into the new habitat and closely monitored. I suspect that, like the Dodo, this bird had no natural enemies and with the arrival of man with his dogs, cats, rats and man's appetite for fresh meat, when into decline. Perhaps Samoa has some smaller uninhabited islands that would work.


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Posted 26 January 2014 - 02:31 PM

That thing looks less like a little dodo and more like a little vulture.


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Posted 26 January 2014 - 02:59 PM

View Postaquatus1, on 26 January 2014 - 02:31 PM, said:

That thing looks less like a little dodo and more like a little vulture.

It looks a little my ex mother-in-law!


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Posted 26 January 2014 - 09:32 PM

Mmmmmmm Manumea.


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 01:10 AM

Why do I have the KFC theme song running through my head?


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 03:52 AM

Extinct-o-lishous?

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 12:13 PM

View PostDieChecker, on 25 January 2014 - 05:23 PM, said:

Wait.... Following up on anecdotal reports? I thought crypto-skeptics said that that doesn't happen?

They would also say this bird does not exist because there is estimated to be only 200 members left. Which is less then is required for a breeding population.

Notice that the pictures are not extremely fuzzy.


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 07:01 PM

It's rare or endangered. Not quite a cryptid, you know.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 07:05 PM

View PostDieChecker, on 27 January 2014 - 03:52 AM, said:

Extinct-o-lishous?
lol
love it


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Posted 27 January 2014 - 08:46 PM

View Postaquatus1, on 26 January 2014 - 02:31 PM, said:

That thing looks less like a little dodo and more like a little vulture.
That was my first thought.


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Posted 28 January 2014 - 02:46 AM

View PostMyles, on 27 January 2014 - 12:13 PM, said:

Notice that the pictures are not extremely fuzzy.

Yes, taken in a bush by bush search for the bird. :tu:

Which was spurred by civilian eyewitness reports.

Here at Intel we make processors on 12 inch wafers. And, the individual processors on the wafers are called die. And, I am employed to check these die. That is why I am the DieChecker.

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