Silvereyes as potential competitors with other forest birds
- Ecology Division, DSIR, Private Bag, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
[This is a resume of a paper read at the Ecological Society Conference, 1982.]
Competition between introduced and native birds has been suggested by some writers as a contributing factor in the decline or extinction of New Zealand forest birds. Other writers have rejected this view. Studies of birds, and of the phenology of plants in the forests of Orongorongo Valley near Wellington provide some evidence of competition between the self-introduced silvereye and native species of birds.