Black Parrot or Kato Nwar in Creolee is brown-grey in colour, not truly black. Many bird experts treat it as a local form of a species found in Madagascar and Comores, but some think it is a separate species found nowhere but Seychelles.
Here, it was once more widespread, but was killed by humans because it likes to eat cultivated fruit including mango, bilimbi and papaya.
|Seychelles Black Parrot © Liz Dunlop|
It survived on Praslin and is now protected by law. It nests in old hollow trees,which are rare because human cut down trees for timber before they reach old age.
Fortunately, the birds also use special deep nest boxes provided for them as a conservation measure.
Scientific name: Coracopsis nigra barklyi
Population in Seychelles: About 300 birds
Distribution in Seychelles: Praslin with a few on Curieuse
Habitat: Woodland, scrub and gardens
Nest: Nest in hollow trees and nest boxes, two to three eggs laid
Diet: Fruits, both cultivated and wild
Identification: Pale brown-grey all over. Usually occurs in small flocks. Can be recognised by its distinctive whistling call