A note on the 1997 survey of the translocated Ultramarine Lory Vini ultramarina population on Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
This study is summarised as evidence for the following.
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A second before-and-after study in January 1997 (Lieberman et al. 1997) assessed the same population of ultramarine lorikeets Vini ultramarina on Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia as discussed in Kuehler et al. 1997, after the translocation of 29 individuals from Ua Huka Island between 1992 and 1994. The introduced population on Fatu Hiva was estimated at 51 individuals. The initial 29 translocated individuals were captured with mist nests, ringed, weighed, and measured before being kept up to seven days in captivity, while further captures took place. The authors identify the absence of black rats Rattus rattus and the location of Fatu Hiva within the lorikeet’s former range as key considerations in its selection as a release site.