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What is Manu ?

The Polynesian Ornithological Society, a.k.a. « Manu » (meaning “bird” in Tahitian language), is working for the protection of wild birds of Tahiti and her Islands as well as for the preservation of their habitats. A group of enthusiastic amateurs of French Polynesian birds founded this non-governmental and non-profit association in July 1990.


MANU is the local representative of BirdLife International, a world federation of bird conservation associations.

MANU is a member of Te Ora Naho, the local Federation of Environmental Protection Associations.

MANU is recognised as being of general interest by the Government of French Polynesia (decree n°1023/CM dated July 21st, 1999 ).

The association “Polynesian Ornithological Society MANU” is certified under Article L. 621-1 of the Environmental Code within the territorial framework of French Polynesia (decree n° 1011/DRCL dated June 20th, 2003 ).

  • To protect the Polynesian wilds birds and their habitats
  • To contribute to the  studies on Polynesian wilds birds in their natural environment
  • To promote public awareness and to circulate information concerning the conservation, the monitoring and the study of Polynesian birds
  • Engaging with international scientific organizations
  • Producing publications and giving conferences
  • Planning and attending awareness-raising and information events
  • Concluding study agreements
  • Establishing data banks


Members of the Polynesian Ornithological Society MANU meet in General Assembly to elect Board members for a term of 2 years.

  • Editing and publishing the Newsletter « Te Manu » (4 issues per year) for members of the association
  • Implementing actions towards the study and the protection of endangered species
  • Taking part in educational and public awareness measures (Environmental Days, Conferences, TV and radio broadcasts…
  • Organizing fieldtrips (observations, audio recordings, pictures…) and providing logistical support to the ornithological missions in French Polynésia