Author: Thibault, Jean-Claude; Guyot, Isabelle
Title: Recent changes in the avifauna of Makatea Island (Tuamotus, Central Pacific)
Journal: Atoll Research Bulletin
Short Title: Recent changes in the avifauna of Makatea Island (Tuamotus, Central Pacific)
Keywords: avifaune; Makatea
Abstract: The avifauna of Makatea has been well-known since the XIXth century. Several inventories enable to follow modifications which occurred in its composition. We notice five landbirds (one is now extinct) and six breeding seabirds. The industrial phosphate mining, between 1908 and 1964, has drastically changed the vegetation of the island, half the area of which has been destroyed. But it seems that this phenomenon has not provoked the extinction of birds. Two species (Ptilinopus purpuratus chalcurus and Acrocephalus caffer eremus) successfully occupy the secondary vegetation which colonizes the old mining area.