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Seychelles: British Researcher's Genetic Study Highlights Urgency of Saving Endemic Seychelles Black Parrot
Victoria — The Seychelles Black Parrot is one of the Indian Ocean archipelago's thirteen endemic bird species, a status it achieved early last year after being recognised as a distinct species, Coracopsis barklyi, by taxonomic experts.
The recognition, which came after some five years of intensive research confirmed that the Seychelles bird is different from other parrot species found in neighbouring Indian Ocean islands thus needing greater conservation.
“It is too early to say how successful this breeding season will be,” Walton told SNA. “At the end of the last breeding season, the team recorded 12 fledglings out of 32 eggs that were laid. However, this is not an indication of a successful season as other factors such as survival rate and mortality needs to be taken into consideration.”
It is no wonder therefore that in spite of being somewhat erroneously named the black parrot, the tiny population of dark brownish-grey birds are fiercely protected by SIF.
Protection at all costs
Slowly, the chicks’ dark brown plumage will grow in, and after 45 days, they will make their first heart-stopping attempts at flight. Approximately two years later, they will reach reproductive maturity to begin the breeding cycle all over again.
Throughout their lives, the species is faced with several threats, mainly from the human development issues posed by the 6,000 inhabitants of Praslin.
“Invasive alien species such as rats and cats predate on the eggs and chicks and... have the potential to transfer diseases and are in direct competition with the parrots for nesting sites,” stated Walton, adding that forest fires, loss of habitat due to development and agriculture also destroys important feeding and breeding habitat for the parrots.
Among the introduced species on the islands, the Indian Mynah bird, an invasive and aggressive species, poses a real threat to conservation of the endemic birds and several countries have had to introduce eradication measures to control the bird.- See more at: http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/2134/Count+your+chicks+Endemic+Seychelles+Black+Parrot+hatchlings+bring+hope+for+vulnerable+species#sthash.3Udh3ztB.dpuf
As the northwest monsoon in the Indian Ocean Island of the Seychelles enters its third month, a handful of fluffy white-feathered chicks will start their ever-continuing battle for survival in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vallée de Mai, located on the second most populated island, Praslin.
Conservationists hope that these little white balls of fluff with bulging eyes will one day soon mature into a rare endemic bird: the Seychelles Black Parrot (Coracopsis barklyi), which lives in the similarly vulnerable endemic coco-de-mer palm forest of the Vallée de Mai,home to the largest nut in the plant kingdom.
Green parrots confirmed in Vallée de Mai - Future of the Seychelles black parrot population in peril
The worst fears of the Seychelles Island Foundation (SIF) have been confirmed: an invasive species known as the green ring-necked parakeet has spread from the Seychelles’ main island of Mahé to the second most populated island of Praslin.
The Seychelles islands' list of endemic bird species stands at thirteen, now that the national bird of the Indian Ocean island nation, the Black Parrot, has been officially recognised as a distinct species, Coracopsis barklyi, by taxonomic experts at Birdlife International, the world's largest nature conservation partnership.