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Samoa’s national bird feared near extinction
1 oct. 2013 - RNZI.

The manumea bird, which is endemic to Samoa and its national bird, is feared near extinction after a 10-day survey of the Savai’i uplands by a group of scientists resulted in just one sighting.

An ornithologist, Rebecca Stirnemann, says she was hoping the manumea, a close relative of the dodo, would be abundant there - with the largely untouched cloud forest acting as a last refuge for the endangered species.

But she says the manumea population is much smaller than what was anticipated.

She says because of a lack of research as to what could be causing the population’s rapid decline, it is hard to know what can be done.

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