Working for birds in Africa

The Seychelles Magpie Robin: first steps on the road to recovery

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The predominantly Asian genus of chats Copsychus, which includes the familiar Shamas and Indian Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis, also contains two species occurring in the Afro-Malagasy region. These are the Magpie Robins of Seychelles and Madagascar. While the latter species remains common in a range of habitats the Seychelles species, C. seychellarum, the largest of the genus, is currently one of the most endangered birds in the world. Once reduced to only around a dozen individuals on 210 ha Fregate Island the Seychelles Magpie Robin is staging an encouraging recovery as a result of a rescue programme being carried out by BirdLife International in collaboration with the Seychelles Government and the owner of Fregate.

Neil McCulloch

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