publication . Article . Other literature type . 2017

Invasive rats strengthen predation pressure on bird eggs in a South Pacific island rainforest

Duron, Q.; Bourguet, E.; De Meringo, H.; Millon, A.; Vidal, Eric;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
Abstract
International audience; Invasive rats (Rattus spp.) are known to have pervasive impacts on island birds, particularly on their nesting success. To conserve or restore bird populations, numerous invasive rat control or eradication projects are undertaken on islands worldwide. However, such projects represent a huge investment and the decision-making process requires proper assessment of rat impacts. Here, we assessed the influence of two sympatric invasive rats (Rattus rattus and R. exulans) on native bird eggs in a New Caledonian rainforest, using artificial bird-nest monitoring. A total of 178 artificial nests containing two eggs of three different sizes were p...
Subjects
free text keywords: island, conservation, rat management, bird-nest predation, forest birds, invasive rodents, island conservation, [SDE]Environmental Sciences, [SDU.STU]Sciences of the Universe [physics]/Earth Sciences, [SDU.ENVI]Sciences of the Universe [physics]/Continental interfaces, environment, Articles, Ecology, Biodiversity, Bird egg, Seasonal breeder, Nest, Predator, Biology, Predation, Corvus moneduloides, biology.animal, Rainforest
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Barre´ N, Tron F, Chartendrault V, Okahisa Y, Sato NJ et al., 2013. Breeding seasons of landbirds in New Caledonia. Wilson J Ornithol 125:384-398. [OpenAIRE]

Beauvais M-L, Cole´no A, Jourdan H, 2006. Invasive Species in the New Caledonian Archipelago. Paris: IRD [cited November 9, 2015]. Available from http://www.documentation.ird.fr/hor/fdi:010039995. [OpenAIRE]

Blackburn TM, Cassey P, Duncan RP, Evans KL, Gaston KJ, 2004. Avian extinction and mammalian introductions on oceanic islands. Science 305:1955-1958. [OpenAIRE]

Bourgeois K, Ouni R, Pascal M, Dromze´e S, Fourcy D et al., 2013. Dramatic increase in the Zembretta Yelkouan shearwater breeding population following ship rat eradication spurs interest in managing a 1500-year old invasion. Biol Invasions 15:475-482. [OpenAIRE]

Brown KP, 1997. Predation at nests of two New Zealand endemic passerines; implications for bird community restoration. Pacific Conserv Biol 3:91-98.

Capizzi D, Bertolino S, Mortelliti A, 2014. Rating the rat: global patterns and research priorities in impacts and management of rodent pests. Mammal Rev 44:148-162. [OpenAIRE]

Carthey AJR, Banks PB, 2014. Naı¨vete´ in novel ecological interactions: lessons from theory and experimental evidence. Biol Rev 89:932-949. [OpenAIRE]

Catry P, Silva MC, MacKay S, Campos A, Masello J et al., 2007. Can thinbilled prions Pachyptila belcheri breed successfully on an island with introduced rats, mice and cats? The case of New Island, Falkland Islands. Polar Biol 30:391-394. [OpenAIRE]

Coˆ te´ IM, Sutherland WJ, 1997. The effectiveness of removing predators to protect bird populations. Conserv Biol 11:395-405.

Ekanayake KB, Whisson DA, Tan LXL, Weston MA, 2015. Intense predation of non-colonial, ground-nesting bird eggs by corvid and mammalian predators. Wildlife Res 42:518-528.

70 references, page 1 of 5
Abstract
International audience; Invasive rats (Rattus spp.) are known to have pervasive impacts on island birds, particularly on their nesting success. To conserve or restore bird populations, numerous invasive rat control or eradication projects are undertaken on islands worldwide. However, such projects represent a huge investment and the decision-making process requires proper assessment of rat impacts. Here, we assessed the influence of two sympatric invasive rats (Rattus rattus and R. exulans) on native bird eggs in a New Caledonian rainforest, using artificial bird-nest monitoring. A total of 178 artificial nests containing two eggs of three different sizes were p...
Subjects
free text keywords: island, conservation, rat management, bird-nest predation, forest birds, invasive rodents, island conservation, [SDE]Environmental Sciences, [SDU.STU]Sciences of the Universe [physics]/Earth Sciences, [SDU.ENVI]Sciences of the Universe [physics]/Continental interfaces, environment, Articles, Ecology, Biodiversity, Bird egg, Seasonal breeder, Nest, Predator, Biology, Predation, Corvus moneduloides, biology.animal, Rainforest
70 references, page 1 of 5

Amar A, Esselstyn JA, 2014. Positive association between rat abundance and breeding success of the critically endangered Mariana crow Corvus kubaryi. Bird Conserv Int 24:192-200.

Amarasekare P, 1993. Potential impact of mammalian nest predators on endemic forest birds of Western Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Conserv Biol 7:316-324. [OpenAIRE]

Atkinson IAE, 1985. The spread of commensal species of Rattus to oceanic islands and their effects on avifaunas. ICPB Tech Publ 3:35-81.

Balmford A, 1996. Extinction filters and current resilience: the significance of past selection pressures for conservation biology. Trends Ecol Evol 11:193-196. [OpenAIRE]

Balouet JC, Olson SL, 1989. Fossil Birds from Late Quaternary Deposits in New Caledonia. Smithsonian Institution Press [cited 2015 June 15]. Available from http://www.sil.si.edu/smithsoniancontributions/zoology/ pdf_hi/SCTZ-0469.pdf.

Barre´ N, Tron F, Chartendrault V, Okahisa Y, Sato NJ et al., 2013. Breeding seasons of landbirds in New Caledonia. Wilson J Ornithol 125:384-398. [OpenAIRE]

Beauvais M-L, Cole´no A, Jourdan H, 2006. Invasive Species in the New Caledonian Archipelago. Paris: IRD [cited November 9, 2015]. Available from http://www.documentation.ird.fr/hor/fdi:010039995. [OpenAIRE]

Blackburn TM, Cassey P, Duncan RP, Evans KL, Gaston KJ, 2004. Avian extinction and mammalian introductions on oceanic islands. Science 305:1955-1958. [OpenAIRE]

Bourgeois K, Ouni R, Pascal M, Dromze´e S, Fourcy D et al., 2013. Dramatic increase in the Zembretta Yelkouan shearwater breeding population following ship rat eradication spurs interest in managing a 1500-year old invasion. Biol Invasions 15:475-482. [OpenAIRE]

Brown KP, 1997. Predation at nests of two New Zealand endemic passerines; implications for bird community restoration. Pacific Conserv Biol 3:91-98.

Capizzi D, Bertolino S, Mortelliti A, 2014. Rating the rat: global patterns and research priorities in impacts and management of rodent pests. Mammal Rev 44:148-162. [OpenAIRE]

Carthey AJR, Banks PB, 2014. Naı¨vete´ in novel ecological interactions: lessons from theory and experimental evidence. Biol Rev 89:932-949. [OpenAIRE]

Catry P, Silva MC, MacKay S, Campos A, Masello J et al., 2007. Can thinbilled prions Pachyptila belcheri breed successfully on an island with introduced rats, mice and cats? The case of New Island, Falkland Islands. Polar Biol 30:391-394. [OpenAIRE]

Coˆ te´ IM, Sutherland WJ, 1997. The effectiveness of removing predators to protect bird populations. Conserv Biol 11:395-405.

Ekanayake KB, Whisson DA, Tan LXL, Weston MA, 2015. Intense predation of non-colonial, ground-nesting bird eggs by corvid and mammalian predators. Wildlife Res 42:518-528.

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publication . Article . Other literature type . 2017

Invasive rats strengthen predation pressure on bird eggs in a South Pacific island rainforest

Duron, Q.; Bourguet, E.; De Meringo, H.; Millon, A.; Vidal, Eric;