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Seychelles Warbler Research Group

Nature Seychelles has been working with the Seychelles Warbler Research Group to investigate aspects of the ecology and evolution of this endemic bird. The Seychelles Warbler Research Group is long-term collaboration between David Richardson (University of East Anglia, UK), Jan Komdeur (University of Groningen, the Netherlands), Terry Burke (University of Sheffield, UK) and their students. Jan Komdeur has been working on the Seychelles warbler since 1988 and, with BirdLife International, was instrumental in their translocation to Aride and Cousine. Since 1997 David Richardson has been running the fieldwork and has assisted with the warbler translocation to Denis and Fregate Islands. Terry Burke works on the molecular ecology component of the collaboration.

Seychelles Warblers have been the subjects of intensive ongoing research by the group. Continuous monitoring and research over a period of almost 25 years has covered many aspects of the species biology making it the most extensive, productive and high profile study ever to be undertaken on an island bird.

The Seychelles Warbler Research Group has given scientific and public talks locally and throughout the world and has published papers in leading journals on many aspects of the warblers’ biology.

See the default Seychelles Warbler Species Action Plan (71 KB)

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Publications Nature Seychelles eLibrary

Van de Crommenacker et al. 2011. default Spatio-temporal variation in territory quality and oxidative status: a natural experiment in the Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis) (553 KB) . Journal of Animal Ecology 2011 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2010.01792.x

J. Komdeur et al.. 2004. default Why Seychelles Warblers fail to recolonize nearby islands: unwilling or unable to fly there? (164 KB)  2004 British Ornithologists’ Union

Thor Veen, David S. Richardson, Karen Blaakmeer, and Jan Komdeur. 2000. default Experimental evidence for innate predator recognition in the Seychelles warbler (246 KB) . Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B (2000) 267, 2253^2258

Richardson et al. 2003. default Sex-specific associative learning cues and inclusive fitness benefits in the Seychelles warbler (110 KB) . J . EVOL . BIOL. 16 ( 2003) 854–861

Diamond, A.W. 1980. default Seasonality, population structure  and breeding ecology of the Seychelles Brush Warbler Acrocephalus sechellensis. (1.05 MB)  Proc. V Pan- Afr. Orn. Congr.: 253-266


See also an extensive publications list at the University of Sheffield

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