The Texas Invasive Bird Project (TIBP) is a citizen-science project that initiated in June 2008. TIBP evaluates status of invasive or introduced species of birds in the state of Texas. Coordinated by Daniel Brooks, Ph.D. since 2008 at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, this project is targeting study of six focal species in Texas:
- Egyptian Goose (Alpochen aegyptiacus)
- Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
- Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus)
- Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)
- Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
- Orange Bishop: (Euplectes franciscanus)
Why is it important?
While invasive species are a ‘hot-button’ in contemporary conservation biology, assessing which introduced species are actually harmful invasives is a vital first-step to create sound management decisions. TIBP fills a niche to help assess whether any of the species targeted are potentially harmful to native species and/or the environment. At the same time detailed natural and life history studies are accomplished to see whether introduced/invasive birds live their lives in a similar fashion to their ancestors in their native lands.
How does it work?
Citizen-scientists complete and return the TIBP form which is saved until the data are entered into a database. Once the data are analyzed, questions can be answered about the invasive or introduced species of birds. This ultimately results in peer-reviewed publications to help influence sound management decisions. Just as importantly, the citizen-scientists who help out are often inspired to learn about invasive species, and are able to contribute firsthand.
Christopher W. Appelt (Monk Parakeet)
Corey T. Callaghan (Egyptian Geese)
Lynn Chamberlain (GIS)
Alyssa Conn (Scaly-breasted Munia)
Katherine Ohman (Data entry)
Katherine M. Winston (Egyptian Geese)
Greg Page (Exotic Finches)
Callaghan, C.T., D.M. Brooks and P. Pyle. 2017. Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca). The Birds of North America (P.G. Rodewald, Ed.). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY
Conn, A., L. Lazenby, and D.M. Brooks. 2017. Ecology, behavior and reproduction of an invasive population of Scaly-breasted Munias (Lonchura punctulata) in Houston, Texas.. Pp. 42-55 In: Half a Century of Ornithology in Texas: the Legacy of Dr. Keith Arnold (D.M. Brooks, Ed.). Misc. Publ. Houston Mus. Nat. Sci., 7, Houston, TX.
Callaghan, C.T. and D.M. Brooks. 2016. Ecology, behavior, and reproduction of invasive Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiaca) in Texas. Bull. Tx. Orn. Soc. 49: 37-45.
Brooks, D.M. 2013. Ecology, behavior and reproduction of an introduced population of Red-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus cafer) in Houston, Texas. Wilson J. Ornithol. 125: 800-808.
Brooks, D.M. and G. Page. 2012. High diversity of invasive Passerids at a park in southeast Texas. Bull. Tx. Orn. Soc. 45: 23-29.
Brooks, D.M. 2009. Behavioral ecology of a Blue-crowned Conure (Aratinga acuticaudatus) in a subtropical urban landscape far from it’s natural range. Bull. Tx. Ornithol. Soc. 42: 78-82.
Callaghan, C.T., K.M. Conlan and D.M. Brooks. 2016. Ecology, behavior, and reproduction of invasive Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiaca) in Texas. VI NAOC (N. Amer. Ornithol. Conf.) Proc., Washington, DC.
Brooks, D.M. 2013. Ecology, behavior and reproduction of an introduced population of Red-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus cafer) in Houston, Texas. 131st Ann. Mtg. AOU, FMNH, Chicago, Il.
Brooks, D.M. 2011. Distribution and natural history of large invasive waterfowl in Texas: Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) and Egyptian Goose (Alpochen aegyptiacus). 96th Ecol. Soc. Amer., Austin, Tx.
This bird isn’t from around here. via ABC13 Houston
Non-native Egyptian geese proliferating in Texas. via Houston Chronicle
Bird Watchers Digest, Vol.37, No. 3, January/February 2015
Nonnative Egyptian Water Birds Are Thriving in Houston, Houston Chronicle
Monk Parakeets are a fun, outdoor surprise, Houston Chronicle
Invasive Bird Photo Gallery (Power Point file)