(Seychelles News Agency) - When your island hosts four of the most endangered and unique birds of
and they are threatened by invaders, a conservationist says that removing those
invaders is the only solution. Seychelles
This strategy proved to be successful on the
of Denis where four endemic birds of
were introduced in the early 2000s in order to protect and increase their
Late last year, the island announced that after an intense eradication programme, the intrusive and often aggressive myna birds have been completely wiped out on the island.
A recent survey has shown a gradual increase in populations of
Seychelles magpie robin, Seychelles paradise flycatcher, Seychelles fody and warbler since the
eradication of the mynas. Seychelles
“The population of fody and warbler have grown a lot since their introduction,” says the environment manager of
Dr. Janske van de Crommenacker. Denis Island
Van de Crommenacker said there are now about 400 warblers, up from the 58 introduced in 2004, and 600 to 1,000 fodies, up from the 47 introduced.
The paradise flycatcher which has a small population on La Digue, the third-most populated island of Seychelles, has also been doing very well on Denis with about 70 birds.