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Gran Canaria blue chaffinch reintroduction

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by DesertRhino150, 9 Nov 2016.

  1. DesertRhino150

    DesertRhino150 Well-Known Member

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    Seven captive-bred blue chaffinches Fringilla polatzeki were released in Gran Canaria, as part of a reintroduction project. The birds came from a combination of places, with some coming from a captive breeding centre on Tafira and others coming from another wild source population.

    The @LIFE_Programme project releases first captive-bred Blue Chaffinch in #GranCanaria, #ornithology

    It seems that 26 male and 15 female blue chaffinches were also released between 2010 and 2012; they seem to have similar survival and reproductive success to reinforced populations and are remaining stable in number.

    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00063657.2016.1239694
     
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  2. vogelcommando

    vogelcommando Well-Known Member

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    Very intresting, thanks for sharing DesertRhino150 !
     
  3. Kifaru Bwana

    Kifaru Bwana Well-Known Member

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    A really good read.

    It would be nice if some zoos in the Med would be involved there!

    Shame we cannot read the paper in BirdStudy!
     
  4. Zoovolunteer

    Zoovolunteer Well-Known Member

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    I have seen the Tenerife form - I believe this has just been split as a separate species - and Tenerife is definitely the best place to see them. Just drive to a picnic site up in the pine forest at the top of Teide and look around - they are as tame as a regular chaffinch and pick up crumbs from the picnic tables.