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Academic & Professional Books  Ecology  Biogeography & Invasive Species

Invasive Birds Global Trends and Impacts

By: Colleen T Downs(Editor), Lorinda A Hart(Editor), Cang Hui(Foreword By)
381 pages, colour photos, b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps, tables
Publisher: CABI Publishing
Covering 32 invasive bird species from around the globe, this book provides detailed behavioural and ecological information for each species, including impact and attempted control measures.
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  • Invasive Birds ISBN: 9781789242065 Hardback Jan 2021 In stock
Price: £144.60
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This book is about globally invasive alien birds. It consists of three sections. In the first section, a species account for each of the 32 global avian invader species (as listed by the Invasive Species Specialist Group, ISSG) is provided. Here experts currently conducting or who have previously researched these species provide detailed, up-to-date information of these birds and their current invasive status on a global scale, with images of the species and distribution maps. Details provided include physical description, diet, introduction and invasion pathway, breeding behaviour, habitat, impacts of species, control and any uses for this species. In the second section, avian invasions are discussed biogeographically, further highlighting aspects of current and emerging invasive species in different countries. In the third section, the ecology and impacts of avian invasive species is considered.


1: Introduction
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris Linnaeus, 1758)
Chapter 3: Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis Linnaeus, 1766)
Chapter 4: Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus Wagler, 1827)
Chapter 5: Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer Linnaeus, 1766)
Chapter 6: Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus Linnaeus, 1758)
Chapter 7: Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus Linnaeus, 1766)
Chapter 8: Red-billed leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea Scopoli, 1786)
Chapter 9: Ring-necked Parakeet (Psittacula krameri Scopoli, 1769)
Chapter 10: Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus Boddaert, 1783)

2: Global avian invaders (as listed by ISSG)
Chapter 11: House Sparrow (Passer domesticus Linnaeus, 1758)
Chapter 12: Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis Gmelin, 1788)
Chapter 13: Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater Boddaert, 1783)
Chapter 14: Rock Dove (Columba livia Gmelin, 1789)
Chapter 15: Eurasian Collared-dove (Streptopelia decaocto Frivaldszy, 1838)
Chapter 16: Chukar Partridge (Alectoris chukar Gray, 1830)
Chapter 17: Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis Linnaeus, 1758)
Chapter 18: Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus Linnaeus, 1758), Grey Junglefowl (Gallus sonneratii Temmink, 1813) and Green Junglefowl (Gallus varius Shaw, 1798)
Chapter 19: House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus Müller, 1776)
Chapter 20: Common Waxbill (Estrilda astrild Linnaeus, 1758)
Chapter 21: Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata Linnaeus 1758)
Chapter 22: Northern Red Bishop (Euplectes franciscanus Isert 1789)
Chapter 23: Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus Temminck and Schlegel 1845)
Chapter 24: House Crow (Corvus splendens Vieillot, 1817)
Chapter 25: Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen Latham, 1802)
Chapter 26: Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos Linnaeus, 1758)
Chapter 27: Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis Gmelin, 1789)
Chapter 28: Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca Linnaeus, 1766)
Chapter 29: Greylag Goose (Anser anser Linnaeus, 1758)
Chapter 30: Canada Goose (Branta canadensis canadensis Linnaeus, 1758)
Chapter 31: Mute Swan (Cygnus olor Gmelin, 1789)
Chapter 32: Gray-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus Latham, 1801)
Chapter 33: African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus Latham, 1790)
Chapter 34: Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus Gmelin, 1788)
Chapter 35: Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans Peale, 1848)

3: Avian invaders’ biogeography and emerging invasive species
Chapter 36: Continental analysis of invasive birds: Australia and New Zealand
Chapter 37: Continental analysis of invasive birds: Africa
Chapter 38: Continental analysis of invasive birds: North America
Chapter 39: Continental analysis of invasive birds: South America
Chapter 40: Continental analysis of invasive birds: Europe and the Middle East
Chapter 41: Continental analysis of invasive birds: Asia

4: Impacts and management
Chapter 42: Competition between invasive and native bird species
Chapter 43: Control or eradication: problems in the management of invasive birds
Chapter 44: Using citizen science to study exotic and invasive birds

5: Conclusion
Chapter 45: Conclusions

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Prof Colleen T. Downs is a South African Research Chair and has been based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal since 1994. Her research interests are broad and interdisciplinary, spanning the conservation, ecology, physiology and behaviour of terrestrial vertebrates with changing land use. This includes ecosystem health in KwaZulu-Natal, incorporating conservation, general biology and persistence of mammal, herpetological and bird species with changing land use (including urban ecology). There is a focus on species such as Cape parrots, bushbuck, oribi, pelicans, Cape vultures, Nile crocodiles, fruit bats, raptors, small carnivores and feral cats. Her other key contribution has been in the development of increased research capacity at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her research group is currently investigating ecosystem health and functionality across a range of taxa and biomes in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces of South Africa, with a focus on species distributions, persistence and anthropogenic threats. They have also produced recommendations for conservation and landscape managers on how best to preserve ecosystem functionality based on sound ecological research.

Dr Lorinda A. Hart is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research interests are broad, covering ecophysiology, and urban and invasive ecology. Her PhD focused on avian and bat frugivores which feed on invasive fruits commonly found in South Africa, quantifying the effects that these frugivores have on invasive seed germination and the energetic rewards they gain. After her PhD, she conducted public surveys and determined the current distribution of the rose-ringed parakeet in the greater Durban Metropolitan area of eThekwini. She is currently involved in several projects examining a range of species including fruit bats, birds of prey, woolly-necked storks and a variety of seabirds from the Seychelles. She is also an invasive species consultant with the South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC).

By: Colleen T Downs(Editor), Lorinda A Hart(Editor), Cang Hui(Foreword By)
381 pages, colour photos, b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps, tables
Publisher: CABI Publishing
Covering 32 invasive bird species from around the globe, this book provides detailed behavioural and ecological information for each species, including impact and attempted control measures.
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