Seychelles Black Parrot
Coracopsis barklyi

Seychelles Black Parrot


35-40 cm. length and 132-153 g. of weight.

The Seychelles Black Parrot (Coracopsis barklyi) They have a pale brown, less black than the plumage Black Parrot (Coracopsis nigra), but gray / blue reflections in the outer layers of the primary feathers; pale brown patches with slight pale striae crown.

The tone becomes slightly paler in uppertail-coverts.

Seychelles Black Parrot

The underparts They are pale grayish brown. We can see some short lines in throat, while the chest and the belly show a diffuse pale obstruction. The tail is pale-grey.
The bill dark gray becomes paler during the breeding season. The eyes are dark brown, surrounded by a naked orbital gray area. Legs and feet are dark gray to bluish gray.

Both sexes are very similar.

Youth colorization:

Immature paler than adults with a yellowish tinge bill and tips of the feathers tail with pale gray.

Taxonomic status:

Formerly a subspecies of Black Parrot (Coracopsis nigra), originating from Madagascar. Parrots Gender Coracopsis only found in the Western Indian Ocean.


The Seychelles Black Parrot (Coracopsis barklyi) inhabits native and mixed woodland in Praslin, (Rocamora and Laboudallon 2013, A. Reuleaux y N. Bunbury a slightly. 2016). It is also found in cultivated areas and residential areas with gardens, habitats that are suitable feed (A. Reuleaux y N. Bunbury a slightly. 2016). They are usually seen alone or in pairs.


Their main breeding areas They are in a forest dominated by endemic palms coco de mer (Lodoicea maldivica). The tree species nests in cavities primarily in mer coconut dead, but also registered that nests in cavities and other palms living trees broadleaf (Reuleaux et al. 2014-), with reproductive activity October to March (Rocamora and Laboudallon 2013, Reuleaux et al. 2014-). Preferred deep cavities of hollow logs of L. maldivica with a dense cover canopy over the entrance (Reuleaux et al. 2014-). The reproductive activity It fluctuates widely between years (A. Reuleaux y N. Bunbury a slightly. 2016). In a study, the 53% of nests they were successful in 36 nesting attempts, with a 57% incipient year survival (Reuleaux et al. 2014-).


The Seychelles Black Parrot It feeds on a variety of plant species, most of which are endemic and native (Reuleaux et al. 2014b), mainly from the fruit pulp, seeds and buds, with occasional observations feeding on leaves, flowers, crusts and scale insects (Reuleaux et al. 2014b).


Extending its range (breeding / resident): 70 km2

The Seychelles Black Parrot (Coracopsis barklyi) reside in Praslin, with occasional records in Curieuse (- 1 km to the North of Praslin), Seychelles (Reuleaux et al. 2013).

no individual was detected in curious during the specific counts for four days and during extra field work, so it is assumed that there is no resident population there (Reuleaux et al. 2013).


• Current red list category of the UICN: Vulnerable.

• Population trend: Stable.

• Population size : 340-600 individuals.

Justification of the red list category

This newly divided species is listed as Vulnerable because, but it appears to be stable or possibly increasing, their population is still very small, and therefore it is at risk of stochastic events and human impacts.

Justification of the population

Count surveys conducted in Praslin points in 2010 and 2011 They found a density of 0.14-0.24 individuals / ha, as resultadi giving an estimate of the Total population 520-900 individuals (confidence intervals 95%) obtained through distance sampling methodology (Reuleaux et al. 2013). After reviewing recent survey results, Rocamora and Laboudallon (2013) estimated total breeding population less than 200 couples, I am suggesting that there could be less than 400 mature individuals. Based on these data, it is assumed that there 340-600 mature individuals in the population.

Justification trend

They suspected that the population is stable the absence of evidence of any reduction or immediate threat. It is believed that the species has increased at least until the beginning of the century, but it is unclear if it is still increasing (Reuleaux et al. 2013, Rocamora and Laboudallon 2013).


It is believed that the decline of Seychelles Black Parrot before age 60 It was mainly due to predation by introduced rats and hunting conducted by settlers and farmers (Rocamora and Laboudallon 2013). Other causes of increased mortality include capture as pets and trade, and bycatch when targeting other species.

The most serious current threats for the species include diseases such as disease Beak and feather, continuous nest predation by rats and cats, competition from introduced species of birds for food and nesting sites, Poaching of their primary nesting tree (coco de mer), and habitat destruction caused by fires, with potential threats including persecution, pesticides, bats and kinship networks (Rocamora and Laboudallon 2013, Seychelles Islands Foundation in litt. 2014).

The forest fires They may represent the most serious threat to the species, with records since the beginning of the decade 1980 showing that approximately every 10 years a major fire occurs (The Seychelles Islands Foundation in litt. 2014). The availability of nesting cavities can be a limiting factor in years of very active reproduction, some females occupying suboptimal cavities.

Collection sea ​​coconuts probably reduce the area of ​​palm forest long term.

The presence of the Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) in Mahe, one of which is registered Praslin, increases the risk of disease.

The impacts of introduced species causing nest predation and competition for nesting sites can not be serious enough to limit the population; However, mice are increasing in Praslin.

The crazy ants or zanconas ants (anoplolepis gracilipes) not appear to have impacted the species so far, probably because they use dead palms, where the appropriate cavities Seychelles Black Parrot.

Chicks predation by cats and dogs is probably limited, and post-harvest mortality is not currently a major concern. The persecution of the species by farmers is considered a minor threat.

Other risk factors for the species include their low genetic diversity and unexplained large fluctuations in reproductive activity of one station to another (Seychelles Islands Foundation in litt. 2014).

Conservation actions

Conservation actions underway

The species is protected by law from 1966 (Rocamora and Laboudallon 2013). Endemic palms have been protected from 1991, and the restoration of native palm forest on Praslin and Curieuse is underway. The species is found in the Praslin National Park, created in 1979, and Vallée de Mai It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983. The Background islas Ferdinand curious y They are administered as nature reserves, but no official protection. Between 1983 and 2005 boxes were provided artificial nesting (Rocamora and Laboudallon 2013, A. Reuleaux y N. Bunbury a slightly. 2016).

In Vallée de Mai there is a firewall around the core breeding, but it is not guaranteed to work in the event of a large fire that can not be contained quickly (The Seychelles Islands Foundation in litt. 2014), However, It has only proved partially effective when a fire destroyed several hectares of breeding habitat high quality 2010 (A. Reuleaux y N. Bunbury a slightly. 2016). Poaching coco de mer nuts it being countered with increased security and a program regeneration, and they have carried out awareness activities to reduce the persecution by farmers. Measures are being taken to eradicate the presence of the Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) and also they are conducting tests for the virus Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease Virus (The Seychelles Islands Foundation in litt. 2014).

In 2009 a national plan of action was drawn up for the species, It is including plans to introduce the species Silhouette, along with captive breeding Frégate North Island there, if you can carry out a proper restoration and habitat management (reviewed by Rocamora and Laboudallon 2013). Other conservation identified for this species include control of introduced, the renovation and improvement of nests, monitoring the population and public awareness campaigns (reviewed by Rocamora and Laboudallon 2013). Analysis by statistical models is provided for 2014, after annual counts have been made for three years without interruption, and conclusions on the trend of the species will be published from 1982 (G. Rocamora in litt. 2014). Repeating the remote sampling survey is scheduled at intervals 5-10 years (A. REuleaux y N. Bunbury a slightly. 2016).

Conservation Actions Proposed

Carry out further surveys to get a more accurate estimate population size and to monitor the demographic trend. Conduct research on the impacts of potential threats. Protect additional areas of native forest of palms. Suitable restore native habitats. Continue awareness activities to eliminate any residual persecution.

Seychelles parrot in captivity:

This species is protected by law from 1966. No copy of Seychelles Black Parrot It should be kept in captivity, unless it were under a controlled breeding program to bird species reinstate their habitat.

Alternative names:

Seychelles Black Parrot, Seychelles Lesser Vasa Parrot, Seychelles Parrot (English).
Vasa des Seychelles, Vaza des Seychelles (French).
Seychellenpapagei (German).
Seychelles Black Parrot (Portuguese).
Loro de Seychelles (Spanish).

Newton Edward
Newton Edward

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Coracopsis
Scientific name: Coracopsis barklyi
Citation: Newton, E, 1867
Protonimo: Coracopsis barklyi

Seychelles Black Parrot images:

Seychelles Black Parrot (Coracopsis barklyi)


Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


(1) – Coracopsis barklyi (=Coracopsis nigra barklyi) by Joseph Wolf [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – Coracopsis barklyi By Post of Seychelles ([1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Black Parrot
Coracopsis nigra

Black Parrot

Black Parrot


35 - 40 cm. length and a weight between 215 and 315 gr.

The plumage of the Black Parrot (Coracopsis nigra) It, usually, blackish brown (iridescent green Sheen during the breeding season) with inconspicuous grayish color marks in undertail- coverts and gray in vane external to the primary.

Bottom of flight feathers pale grey. Upper, the tail brown-black color; undertail, light grey: subterminal band Dark.

The bill color horn, more off-white to modify the moult; irises dark brown: periophthalmic ring grey-brown (does not reach the peak); legs dark brown.

Sound of the Black Parrot ✩ ✩.

Without sexual dimorphism.

Immature paler than adults with pale undertail- coverts and yellowish tint in the bill; Tips of the feathers of the tail pale grey.

Subspecies description

  • Coracopsis nigra libs (Bangs, 1927) – Paler and with the underparts Browner that nominal species; back bluish grey tinted. No dark subterminal band on the tail.
  • Coracopsis nigra nigra (Linnaeus, 1758) – Nominal species
  • Coracopsis nigra sibilans (Milne-Edwards & Oustalet, 1885) – Smaller, about 30 cm., and paler than the nominal species. Chocolate color replaces the nominal blackish brown. No grey in the vane the primary external


The Black Parrot are resident with some movements of foraging day.

It is found in a wide variety of forests and savanna areas, including ecosystems modified by man, wooded land of cities and towns, as well as primary forests, from the level of the sea up to 2,050 m altitude.

You can see more on the dense forests, swamp forest (including mangroves) and scrublands, that the Vasa Parrot, in order to avoid large areas of forests.

Usually seen in small noisy groups, either flying or sitting on the tops of the trees; active on moonlit nights.

In Seychelles, However, the Black Parrot seldom form flocks and in general you seen alone or in pairs, except when the food, locally, they are abundant.

Is not known to form mixed flocks with the Vasa Parrot.


Nest in the hollow trunk of tree or in a branch, usually above the 15 m.

Breeding probably from November to February.

Clutch of 2 - 8 eggs.


The Black Parrot they feed on seed, berries, fruits and nuts; more fruit-eating bats that the Vasa Parrot.

Specific items reported on food include fruits of Afzelia bijuga and Chassalia, seeds of Cinnamosma fragrans, flowers of Symphonia and some types of leaves.

In Madagascar, According to sources, It has reported consumption of Insect Galls on the part of the Black Parrot.

They attack crops and in the Comoros they are real pests in cocoa plantations, feeding on immature pods.

The main food of the population of Praslin include: Verschaffeltia splendida, Averrhoa bilimbi, Phoenicophorium borsigianum, Deckenia nobilis, Chrysobalanus icaco and Ficus rubra.


Endemic of Madagascar, The Comoros archipelago (Grand Comore and Anjouan) and Praslin island (Seychelles), where it was possibly introduced.

Distribution of subspecies

  • Coracopsis nigra libs (Bangs, 1927) – Can be found in the West of Madagascar.
  • Coracopsis nigra nigra (Linnaeus, 1758) – Nominal species


• Current red list of UICN: Least concern

• Population trend: Stable

The species that are found in Madagascar and the Comoros they are generally described as common.

Officially treated as pests in Madagascar where the Black Parrot they are persecuted because of the damage caused in crops; Also hunted as food and as domestic fowl.

Despite their intense persecution, apparently they are not at risk and are distributed in many protected areas of Madagascar.

The size of the world's population has not been quantified.

The subspecies of the Praslin island (Seychelles), found in the The Valle de Mai nature reserve, is located in critical condition (probably less than 100 birds). Competition for nesting sites with the Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) can be one of the threats of the remaining birds.

The black parrot in captivity:

It is possible to keep them in community with its kind, but outside the breeding period. At the beginning you can be shy. It is a Active Parrot and nervous, generally Extrovert Once accustomed to people and environment, tends to be entrusted, Although depends on also his way of breeding enough (natural or by hand) and earlier experiences.

As a pet can be a magnificent company, loving, playful and very smart.

With regard to its longevity, sources they indicate that a sample lived 34.1 years in captivity.

Alternative names:

Black Parrot, Lesser Vasa Parrot, Lesser Vasa-Parrot (English).
Vaza noir, Perroquet noir (French).
Rabenpapagei (German).
Papagaio preto (Portuguese).
Loro Negro (Spanish).

Carl Linnaeus
Carl Linnaeus

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Coracopsis
Scientific name: Coracopsis nigra
Citation: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Protonimo: Psittacus niger

Black Parrot images:


Black Parrot (Coracopsis nigra)



– Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
– Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


(1) – Madeira_botanischer_garten_Coracopsis_nigra By Hedwig Storch (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – Lesser Vasa Parrot (also known as the Black Parrot). Two in a cage with a nestbox By TJ Lin (originally posted to Flickr as pic-264) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(3) – Lesser vasa parrot (coracopsis nigra) in Anjajavy Forest, Madagascar By Charlesjsharp (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(4) – Lesser Vasa Parrot or Black Parrot (Coracopsis nigra); picture taken at Mangily, Western Madagascar By Axel Strauss (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(5) – Male Lesser Vasa Parrot in an aviary at Tropical Birdland, Leicestershire, England By Snowmanradio (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Sounds: Mike Nelson (Xeno-canto)

Vasa Parrot
Coracopsis vasa

Vasa Parrot


Of 50 cm.. length and an average weight of 480 g..

Vasa Parrot

The Vasa Parrot (Coracopsis vasa) It has a few shades between black and Brown, big enough, somber-looking, with the rounded tail and a powerful bill pinkish.

They can be difficult to locate when they combine their dark plumage with the shadows under the forest canopy.

To a large extent, sympatric with the very similar Black Parrot (Coracopsis nigra), but the Vasa Parrot It is larger and somewhat paler, greyish Brown rather than dark brown

They can fly at high altitude when they travel to or from the sites of communal rest. It can be very Meek and accessible When feeds below the forest canopy.

In general, the plumage of the Vasa Parrot is brown-black color with a slight greyish tinge clear at the top, in special wings and top of the tail. Primaries with narrow gray margin in vane outer. Bottom of the flight feather pale grey. Subcaudales coverts Gray with variable black stripes on the shafts of feathers. Tail with faint dark subterminal band; undertail, the tail pale grey. Bill usually pink but grey color after molting; irises brown; naked periophthalmic patch (that extends to the peak) pale grey; legs greyish Brown clear

Without sexual dimorphism in plumage. Reproductive females can become bald on the head, around the eyes and throat , with the exposed skin of mustard yellow or orange.

Immature with plumage more greyish Brown lighter and paler skin around the eyes. Skin patch naked eye more smaller than in adults or absent.

  • Sound of the Vasa Parrot.
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Description 3 subspecies

  • Coracopsis vasa comorensis

    (Peters,W, 1854) – Smaller, of 45 cm., and paler than the nominal species, Unlike the subspecies drouhardi by having underparts dyed color chocolate instead of gray, and undertail-coverts Brown instead of gray or whitish.

  • Coracopsis vasa drouhardi

    (Lavauden, 1929) – It´s smaller, of 45 cm., and paler than the nominal species. The underparts they are more gray with undertail-coverts more whitish, upperparts They show a bluish grey tinge clear. Dark subterminal band on the tail.

  • Coracopsis vasa vasa

    (Shaw, 1812) – Nominal species


The Vasa Parrot they are distributed among a wide variety of habitats, from the dense and wet forests, Brambles open forests, until Medemia Palms in the savannas.

It attends the habitats modified by human activity; sometimes visits farmland.

Move, mainly, by lowlands, from sea level to the 1.000 meters above sea level.

In Comoros, the Vasa Parrot, generally, they are associated with the humid forest, always green, above the 300 m, but visit more open fields to feed.

Within its forest habitat, they are usually seen in the treetops, Although they descend to the ground to feed.

Usually found in small noisy groups, Although congregate in flocks when they feed on larger or the roosts.

The Vasa Parrot They perch on the top of large trees with at least one individual awake to warn of the danger; It is said that they are most active in the full moon nights.


The breeding season, probably, of the months from October to December.

The nest It is built in a tree cavity or a trunk. In the western area of Madagascar, the baobabs trees (Adansonia) they are often used, sometimes with several nests in the same tree. These birds (especially the males) they can show cloacal protuberances While hard breeding.


Seeds, nuts, berries and fruits are part of their diet. Visit rice fields, Millet and maize, causing, sometimes, extensive damage to crops. Apparently less fruit-eating bats that the Black Parrot.


Size of its range (reproduction / resident): 928.000 km2

Endemic of Madagascar and Comoros Islands (Grand Comore, Mohéli, Anjouan).

The species is partially common, in some places abundant, but its distribution in Madagascar possibly you have shrunk due to deforestation on a large scale in the center of the island.

Officially treated as harmful species, the Vasa Parrot they are persecuted because of predation on crops (especially rice) and captured for the trade in live birds at national and international level. They are also hunted as food.

It is distributed in several protected areas and although his pursuit and capture is intense in some areas, apparently, the species still It is not at risk.

Distribution 3 subspecies


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• Current red list of UICN: Least concern

• Population trend: Decreasing

As shown as crop pests, is legal to hunt at the Vasa Parrot in Madagascar, and high levels of hunting contributes to a rapid decline in its population.

Like many species of Madagascar, the loss of their forest habitat is also a threat.

The size of the world's population has not been quantified, but the species, According to sources, It quite common in many areas

Vasa parrot in captivity:

Very rare in captivity, difficult to find in aviaries perhaps for his initial lack of spectacular against the most striking of any other species of parrot colors.
Although the Vasa Parrot they are not very common as pets, comments from owners praise its virtues as a pet.

It is an extremely Intelligent and cunning.
Its beak is not strong enough to destroy the hard wood.

During the breeding season, they are very assets and quite noisy.
The female is the dominant, It is recommended as well that the Eclectus that for a result optimal playback two males are used with a number of male or a female in small aviaries more considerable than females at breeding colonies by.

At the moment they enter in zeal both the male and the female, drop you the feathers of the head practically bald and both players.
The skin of the female head becomes yellow and white male. They tend to put in 2 - 3 eggs that incubate for space of 17 days.

The young they are born completely devoid of markers, they have legs too long for parrots and another feature that makes them unique in that are on both sides of the peak in the corners, Some features similar to some exotic extrusions

Tienen facilidad para imitar la voz humana.

In terms of their longevity, According to sources, a specimen lived 53,9 years in captivity.

Alternative names:

Vasa Parrot, Greater Vasa Parrot, Greater Vasa-Parrot (English).
Grand Vaza, Grand Perroquet vasa, Grand Vasa, Perroquet vaza (French).
Vasapapagei, Großer Vasa, Vasa (German).
Papagaio-vasa (Portuguese).
Loro Vasa (Spanish).

George Shaw
George Shaw

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Coracopsis
Scientific name: Coracopsis vasa
Citation: (Shaw, 1812)
Protonimo: Psittacus Vasa

Vasa Parrot images:


Vasa Parrot (Coracopsis vasa)


– Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
– Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


(1) – Coracopsis vasa By 4028mdk09 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(2) – Greater Vasa Parrot in Madagascar By AEM (Picasa Web Albums) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(3) – Coracopsis vasa By 4028mdk09 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
(4) – Greater Vasa Parrot (Caracopsis vasa) in a Antwerp zoo By frank wouters from antwerpen, belgium , België , Belgique (grote vasapapegaai) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(5) – Lesser vasa parrot (coracopsis nigra) in Anjajavy Forest, Madagascar By Charlesjsharp (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(6) – Parrots of the World, by Joseph Forshaw (illustrated by William T. Cooper)

Sounds: Hans Matheve (Xeno-canto)

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