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Use of the Exotic Tree Myrica faya by Native and Exotic Birds in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

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Title: Use of the Exotic Tree Myrica faya by Native and Exotic Birds in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Authors: Woodward, Sue A.
Vitousek, Peter M.
Matson, Kathleen
Hughes, Flint
Benvenuto, Kecia
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Issue Date: Jan 1990
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Woodward SA, Vitousek PM, Matson K, Hughes F, Benvenuto K, Matson PA. 1990. Use of the exotic tree Myrica faya by native and exotic birds in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Pac Sci 44(1): 88-93.
Abstract: The exotic nitrogen-fixing tree Myrica faya is invading Hawai'i
Volcanoes National Park (HAVO). Observations of avian use of M.faya demonstrated
that although four species of native birds visited the trees, they rarely fed
on the fruits. Seven species of exotic birds were seen visiting M.faya, and five of
these were observed ingesting the fruit. The most frequent visitor and consumer
was the Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus). Over one-third of the captured
Z. japonicus produced fecal samples containing M. faya seeds, and those
seeds were as viable as those picked from M. faya trees and beneath their
canopies.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/1245
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 44, Number 1, 1990



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