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Longevity and survival of the Endangered Seychelles Magpie Robin <i>Copsychus sechellarum</i>

Julie Gane
April Burt


The Seychelles Magpie Robin Copsychus sechellarum was once one of the most threatened birds in the world, but was downgraded from Critically Endangered to Endangered after a long-term recovery programme was successfully implemented. Comprehensive long-term monitoring of this species was conducted on the islands of Cousin and Cousine over an 18-year period. We report here on the species longevity and annual survival at these two sites. The oldest recorded individual was a male who died on Cousine Island on 28 September 2000 at just under 16 years old. This individual was recorded to have hatched on Frégate Island on 3 January 1985, before being translocated to Cousine Island in 1995. Mean annual survival rates over an 18-year period were 81.6% on Cousin and 77.9% on Cousine islands. A decrease in annual survival was noted with increasing population size on both islands (Cousin: t = −3.09, p < 0.05; Cousine: t = −2.71, p < 0.05), which is a likely consequence of increased territory disputes and competition for food.

Keywords: annual survival, Copsychus sechellarum, Cousin Island, Cousine Island, longevity, Seychelles Magpie Robin

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