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Saving Samoa's rarest bird
14-04-2014 -

In an age when the piercing light of scientific endeavour shines brightly on the world's mysteries and magic, Samoa's national bird remains an enigma.

Reflecting the desperate plight of the manumea, today more of its flock lie stuffed in museum collections around the world than foraging in the forests of its homeland.

Recent surveys put the manumea population at 200, but former Waikato woman Rebecca Stirnemann says the actual number could be much less.

Stirnemann is among a small band of scientists and volunteers striving to bring the species back from the brink of extinction.

But time is running out.

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