The red-billed leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea): a new invasive species for Britain?

Broughton, Richard K. ORCID:; Ramellini, Samuele; Maziarz, Marta; Pereira, Pedro.F.. 2022 The red-billed leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea): a new invasive species for Britain? Ibis, 164 (4). 1285-1294.

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Invasive non-native species (INNS) are one of the major threats to global biodiversity. Climate change and garden bird-feeding may facilitate the establishment of INNS. The Red-billed Leiothrix Leiothrix lutea is a small woodland passerine, native to subtropical Asia, that is an INNS in several parts of the world, including Europe, following escapes from the aviculture trade. Recently, populations of Red-billed Leiothrix have established in Spain, Portugal, Italy and France. Previous studies have shown that much of Europe is suitable for the species, including southern Britain. The Red-billed Leiothrix has not previously been considered as at high risk of establishment in Britain, but we document recent records, including a cluster in southern England, suggesting that establishment may already be underway. We discuss the potential negative impacts of this invasive species on local ecosystems, and how a warming climate and garden bird-feeding might assist their establishment in temperate Europe. We also highlight the importance of improved recording to monitor the potential establishment of INNS, such as the Red-billed Leiothrix, in Britain.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 0019-1019
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 12 Aug 2022 14:40 +0 (UTC)

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