Seychelles Scops-owl (Otus insularis): Revise global status?

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1 Response to Seychelles Scops-owl (Otus insularis): Revise global status?

  1. Gerard ROCAMORA says:

    I agree with bringing back this species to the Critically Endangered category. I personally did not support the downlisting of the species into the Endangered category for the reasons that are put forward now to uplist it again. A very small population, with threats from habitat degradation on the outer limits of its range. A survey to assess current distribution and densities to estimate the species trends is required. Annual monitoring transects along paths based on across the species range that had been set up in 1996-1997 for rangers operating in the Morne Seychellois National Park but also in other parts of its range (Rocamora 1997; initially conducted by ministry of Environment staff, now Seychelles National Park Authority only operates within MSNP) were stopped in 2002, and could be resumed. These were very simple but were sufficient to bring minimum information to have an insight about the trends of the species. More detailed monitoring recommended by Currie et al. 2004 was, to my knowledge, never implemented. From my personal experience the species appears more difficult to find and less abundant in the lower limits of its range (several territories have disappeared for example at Fairview, La Misère and Souvenir, and above Port Glaud, although the species continues to be present in undisturbed adjacent areas) probably due to cutting of large trees for housing development and road construction, disturbance from expanding residential areas with increasing numbers of invasive Common Mynas, a nest-site competitor that as a result probably penetrates deeper into adjacent secondary forests occupied by the Seychelles Scops-owl.

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