Our Neighborhood's Biodiversity Map

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Africa
Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, Terpsiphone corvina * To See the original image, please click the image
Shared by : Shafira Charlette (Seychelles)
Region : Seychelles
Status : Critically Endangered
Introduction
Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher, Terpsiphone corvina Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher, also known as Vev is endemic to the Seychelles especially to La Digue, where its is quite common. But then conservationist decided to trans locate 23 adult birds to Denis Island in November 2008 with the hope of eventually establishing a population of 40 - 50 birds on the island. The first chick successfully fledged on Denis Island in 2009. It is presumed that there are about 210 - 278 Paradise flycatchers in the Seychelles. The Vev is an average 20cm in length, plus 16cm central tail feathers in male. The male, has blue bill and facial skin long central tail feathers and all-black plumage which at close range, shows deep blue sheen. Female and juvenile lack long tail feathers and have black head, creamy-white underparts and chestnut upper-parts and tail (see pictures). Paradise Flycatcher lives in tall forest of native trees (takamaka and bodanmyen trees) especially on the plateau of La Digue. It feeds on insects, flying to catch them in mid-air or pick them from underneath leaves. Diet includes winged insects and spiders. In addition, their nest is small, cup-shaped, built of fine pieces of casuarina, coconut fiber stuck together with spider webs at the tips of down hanging twings and they would normally lay only one egg. Some of the threats they face are rats and cats and plenty of human activities - on La Digue Island, alarming rates of habitat loss and fragmentation, a wilt disease affecting C.innophyum has lead to increased woodland clearance (on La Digue), plants such as water lettuce Pirtia stratiotes - introduced to La Digue's marshes may possibly have reduced favored invertebrate prey though this is unproven.

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