Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher

The Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher or ‘Vev’ in creole is endemic to Seychelles. Although it was once widespread on Praslin and satellites, the Vev occurs on the island of La Digue. Recent translocation to Denis Island in 2008 has established another viable population while sightings of individuals on Marianne Island (an island close to La Digue) are all signs of encouragement for the species. The Vev thrives in tall mixed native woodland of mature Takamaka and Bodamier forests. It feeds on insects, flying to catch them in mid-air or pick them from underneath leaves. La Digue has rats, cats and plenty of human activities, but despite this, data shows normal trend in fluctuations.

Facts

Scientific Name: Terpsiphone corvina
Conservation Status: Critically Endangered
Population: About 230 birds
Nest: Small cup-shaped, built at the tip of twigs. One egg is laid.
Identification: A small bird, males are glossy black with long streamline tail feathers while females have shorter tails with rufous upperparts and white underparts.