Seychelles Warbler

The Seychelles warbler or Timerl Dezil in creole came very close to extinction in the 20th century. In 1968 there were about 26 birds left in a small patch of mangrove trees on Cousin Island.

Cousin was declared a nature reserve in 1968; coconut palms were removed and native trees were allowed to regenerate. The Warbler population increased rapidly as warbler moved into the new habitats. Cousin reached carrying capacity in 1982, allowing new populations to be established on Cousine and Aride in 1988 and 1990. It was translocated by Nature Seychelles to Denis Island in 2004. The species is now more widespread with more than 3000 individuals on these islands.

Facts

Scientific name: Acrophalus sechellensis
Conservation status: Vulnerable
Population: About 3500 birds
Habitat: Lowland forests and scrub
Nest: A cup-shaped structure made of grass, coconut fibers etc. One or two eggs are laid
Diet: Small insects caught within and around vegetation
Identification: A small brown bird about the size of a Fody, but slimmer, with longer legs and narrow pointed beak.