Avian Extinction and Mammalian Introductions on Oceanic Islands

  title={Avian Extinction and Mammalian Introductions on Oceanic Islands},
  author={T. Blackburn and P. Cassey and R. Duncan and K. Evans and K. Gaston},
  pages={1955 - 1958}
  • T. Blackburn, P. Cassey, +2 authors K. Gaston
  • Published 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • The arrival of humans on oceanic islands has precipitated a wave of extinctions among the islands' native birds. Nevertheless, the magnitude of this extinction event varies markedly between avifaunas. We show that the probability that a bird species has been extirpated from each of 220 oceanic islands is positively correlated with the number of exotic predatory mammal species established on those islands after European colonization and that the effect of these predators is greater on island… CONTINUE READING
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