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Samoa's national bird, the manumea on the brink of extinction

Samoa's national bird, the manumea on the brink of extinction

Updated 3 October 2013, 17:15 AEST

Scientists fear that in the future the only place people will be able to see Samoa's national bird, the manumea will be on Samoan banknotes and coins and in photographs.

The manumea is on the brink of extinction and there's very little money available to try to save it.

Massey University PhD student Rebecca Stirnemann tells Brian Abbott a 10-day survey of the Savai'i uplands by a group of scientists resulted in just one sighting of the bird.

Presenter: Brian Abbott

Speaker: Rebecca Stirnemann, PhD student, Massey University, New Zealand

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