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New breeding records of Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii in Seychelles

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The largest colony of Roseate Terns Sterna dougallii in Seychelles is on Aride Island, with a small number of breeding pairs on neighbouring Booby Island; smaller colonies are also present in the outer islands at Etoile and African Banks. The species has disappeared from many islands where it was previously recorded. As part of the Outer Island Seabird Survey, launched by Island Conservation Society (ICS) of Seychelles, breeding has now been confirmed at Goelettes, Farquhar, for the first time since 1897, with the discovery of a small colony of 15 pairs. A previously unknown colony has been discovered at St Joseph Atoll, with 350 pairs at Ile Chien and three pairs on Ile Ressource. Further work is planned by ICS to assess seabird populations in the outer islands of Seychelles, including at Banes du Sud (Providence Atoll), where there has been no report of Roseate Terns since 1970. St Joseph Atoll is proposed as an Important Bird Area.

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