(Image: Atiu in the Cook Islands is nearly free of aggressive, invasive mynah birds. Credit: Google Maps.)
The birds locally are known as Kura. This lorikeet is a rare, gorgeous bird whose bright red feathers were important culturally. It was reintroduced to Atiu after being gone from the island for two centuries, but was doing poorly in part because of the mynah.
But of course, the coconut stick insect—also an introduction—is back in force.Apparently, there is some hope for control of the insect, as another native bird, a kingfisher, has added coconut stick insects to its diet.
One of the Australian catch phrases: You can have native birds or Indian mynahs, but not both.