Six threatened endemic bird calves were born in the Galapagos

The birth was registered in the upper part of Santa Cruz, one of the three main islands of the archipelago.
Six offspring of the witch bird (Pyrocephalus nanus), endemic to the Ecuadorian Galapagos Islands and endangered, were born in an area with just 40 breeding pairs, the Galapagos National Park reported Tuesday.
Six threatened endemic bird calves were born in the Galapagos

Six offspring of the witch bird (Pyrocephalus nanus), endemic to the Ecuadorian Galapagos Islands and endangered, were born in an area with just 40 breeding pairs, the Galapagos National Park reported Tuesday.
The birth was registered in the upper part of Santa Cruz, one of the three main islands of the archipelago, a natural laboratory that served the English scientist Charles Darwin for his theory on the evolution of species.
‘In terms of conservation, for the witch bird it means that the population structure of this species increases by six new birds within their territories and life zones,’ said the director of the Park, Danny Rueda, in a video released by the nature reserve.
He added that ‘the witch bird is a species that is in danger of extinction due to the low number of individuals it has in its territory.’
The official pointed out that the Park develops a population recovery program for the bird, eliminating from its environment plant species introduced to the islands as the moral to facilitate the feeding of the chicks on the ecosystem floor.
Scientists and rangers also precisely place a larvicide at the base of nests to prevent the proliferation of the parasitic fly Philornis downsi, which enter the hatchlings of the young and absorb the blood, causing their death.
The witch bird, considered endemic to the Galapagos since 2016, has been registered on a dozen islands in the archipelago.
However, its population in the upper part of Santa Cruz Island is limited to about 40 breeding pairs, making the bird one of the most vulnerable species of extinction, the Park said in a statement.
Galapagos, 1,000 km off the coast of Ecuador, is part of the world biosphere reserve and takes its name from the gigantic turtles that live there.
The island province is a Natural World Heritage Site and has unique flora and fauna in the world.



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