Seychelles Magpie Robin

The most endangered of the endemic birds, Seychelles Magpie Robin or Pisantez in Creole, came close to extinction in the late 20th Century; in 1970 there were only about 25 surviving birds on one island (Fregate).

Through conservation programs, predators were removed, habitats were restored, provision of artificial nesting sites, and transferring individuals to other predator free islands with suitable habitats, numbers increased significantly. Its conservation status has greatly improved and has since then been down-listed to Endangered by IUCN in 2005. The latest estimate was made in 2010 which shows a minimum of 207 at the end of April 2010.

Facts

Scientific name: Copsychus sechellarum
Conservation status: Endangered
Distribution: Fregate, Cousin, Cousine, Denis and Aride Island
Habitat: Forests and Gardens
Nest: Build from grasses, fibers, usually in natural cavities in trees, or in coconut palms. A single egg is laid.
Diet: Insects and other invertebrates but readily take anything edible.
Identification:  Glossy black and white bird with a black bill.