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Black Parrot Watching, Seychelles – The Blacknificent

By Janani - May 29, 2020

Parrots are beautiful, aren’t they? Brightly coloured with curved bills, strong and clawed feet, some of them imitating us, these tiny little creatures are sure to steal our hearts on the very first sight. Have you ever imagined that you’ll be able to see a black parrot? Yes, a Parrot that isn’t brightly coloured, but nowhere lesser in its charm. Why imagine, when you can see the wonderful Black Parrots in Seychelles.

Seychelles Stamp of Black Parrot
Source: Google Images

There’s no wonder why Seychelles is a paradise on earth. From stunning beaches, lush hills and exciting flora and fauna, Seychelles has everything in it. Seychelles takes pride in its endemic plants and animals. The world very well knows about Coco de Mer, the double coconut; but Seychelles also takes pride in its Black Parrots. Both these natural wonders can be seen in only Valle de Mai Natural Reserve.

Black Parrot – The Blacknificient

Unlike the name it has, the Black parrots are greyish-brown in colour. These black parrots were found in abundance during the old days but were eventually killed by humans; just because they consumed the ripe mangoes, bilimbis and papayas. Now, these beauties can be seen only in Praslin Island and they are being protected by law. 

cute Black Parrot
Source: Google Images

Scientific name:                        Coracopsis barklyi
Population:                                 260-600 mature individuals
Distribution in Seychelles:    Praslin, parts of Curieuse Island

These Black parrots can be spotted as you walk across the Valle de Mai Natural Reserve.  Spotting a Black Parrot needs keen observation.  As you walk, keep your ears open for a high pitched Whistle.

Give a parrot your name 

Does that sound strange? The Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF), is running a campaign, wherein you can win a chance to give a parrot your name. 

What to do?

All you have to do is spot a Black Parrot that’s wearing coloured rings on its legs. Take a picture of that Black Parrot. Send the photo along with the date, time and location of where you saw and took the photos of the black parrot, to blackparrot@sif.sc

Note: There are about 270 Black parrots will coloured rings on its legs. It not that easy to spot these Parrots. If you see one, make sure you click a picture. 

Who can participate?

According to SIF, all visitors and locals can participate. There’s no limit on the number of pictures you can send. Make sure every photo is of a different parrot. 

How does it work?

Once you send the photos, they will be validated and the copies along with the data you had provided will be printed and kept in a draw. When there comes a new bird that is to be named, they take a printout from that draw and name it based on the name in the sheet. Who knows you can be that lucky person as well.

Black Parrot of a tree in Seychelles
Source: Google Images

Bird watching is often underestimated. This is not just a recreational activity, it is more than that. The joy it brings while observing these lovely birds is immense. It cannot be explained; only be felt. Seychelles as a destination itself holds a lot more beautiful experiences. Keep reading Pickyourtrail blogs to know more about places to visit in Seychelles. You can also check out the various packages available to make your dream vacation to Seychelles come true.

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