Habitat and Ecology
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Wildlife Protection Laws, proposed in the late 1980s, have still not materialised and, as of 2007, the species still has no legal protection (C.J. Hazevoet in litt. 2007). Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct further searches on Brava to determine whether the species is definitely extinct there (Hazevoet et al. 1999). Encourage local farmers on São Nicolau to plant stands of A. donax cane amongst their fruit trees, by means of agricultural subsidies, to increase the area of available habitat (however, this would be extremely difficult to implement) (Hazevoet et al. 1999). Carry out large-scale and long-term education and information programmes, directed at both the local authorities and general public (Hazevoet 1999b). Study the species's distribution (Hering and Hering 2005). Research its habitat requirements (Hering and Hering 2005). Investigate what threats it faces (Hering and Hering 2005). Conduct research into possible conservation actions (Hering and Hering 2005). Focus research efforts on the recently discovered population on Fogo (Hering and Hering 2005).
Cape Verde warbler
The Cape Verde warbler (Acrocephalus brevipennis) is an Old World warbler in the genus Acrocephalus. It is also known as the Cape Verde cane warbler or Cape Verde swamp warbler, and in Portuguese as chincherote (also tchintchirote). It breeds both on Santiago and on Fogo in the Cape Verde Islands. It previously bred on Brava and San Nicolau. This small passerine bird is found in well-vegetated valleys, avoiding drier areas. It nests in reedbeds, 2–3 eggs are laid in a suspended nest.
This is a medium-sized warbler, larger than the Eurasian reed warbler. It resembles that bird in appearance, grey-brown above, greyish-white below, with no obvious markings. The geographical isolation of the bird on the Cape Verde Islands prevents confusion with other similar species. The song is a distinctive liquid bubbling, like that of a bulbul.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Acrocephalus brevipennis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
Note: because of different spelling systems in use it's also found as txintxiroti.
- Donald, P. F.; Taylor, R.; de Ponte Machado, M.; Pitta Groz, M. J.; Wells, C. E.; Marlow, T.; Hille, S. M. (2004). "Status of the Cape Verde Cane Warbler Acrocephalus brevipennis on São Nicolau, with notes on song, breeding behaviour and threats" (PDF). Malimbus 26: 34–37.
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