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Seychelles Magpie Robin “twins”

Did you know, Cousine Island had the first ever recorded pair of Seychelles Magpie Robin twins? These endangered birds normally lay only one egg, but in 2001 it was discovered that a female had actually laid two eggs, both of which went on to successfully hatch. Since then, only two more pairs of twins have been recorded, and only one pair hatched successfully. This month, we were amazed to discover two newly fledged chicks in the same territory. Both chicks have since been caught for ringing and blood sampling; this will allow us to confirm whether they are indeed from the same egg clutch – watch this space for the results!

Original content source: Cousine Island

Original author: Michelle Pretorius

Original image source: Cousine Island

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