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Impacts of the Brown Tree Snake: Patterns of Decline and Species Persistence in Guam's Avifauna

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Impacts of the Brown Tree Snake: Patterns of Decline and Species Persistence in Guam's Avifauna; 2003; Article; Journal; Conservation Biology; Wiles, G. J.; Bart, J.; Beck, Jr. , R. E.; Aguon, C. F.

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Predation by brown tree snakes (Boiga irregularis ) devastated the avifauna of Guam in the Mariana Islands during the last half of the twentieth century, causing the extirpation or serious reduction of most of the island's 25 resident bird species. Past studies have provided qualitative descriptions of the decline of native forest birds but have not considered all species or presented quantitative analyses. We analyzed two sets of survey data gathered in northern Guam between 1976 and 1998 and reviewed unpublished sources to provide a comprehensive account of the impact of brown tree snakes on the island's birds. Our results indicate that 22 species, including 17 of 18 native species, were severely affected by snakes. Twelve species [...]

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G.J. Wiles, J. Bart, R.E. Beck Jr., C.F. Aguon
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doi http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods-outline-3-5.html#identifier doi:10.1046/j.1523-1739.2003.01526.x
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