We must save the Bahama Oriole before it is too late

  • by: Ismail A & Patricia Losch
  • recipient: The Hon. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of the Environment and Housing of Bahamas , Bahamas Environment Science and Technology Commission (BEST) Director Mr. Philip Weech to ensure protection and made conservation for the Bahama Oriole
The Bahama Oriole recently declared as full species status by biologist previously was regarded as sub-species of the great Antillean Oriole, this bird is endemic to Bahamas island specifically in North Andors and South Andors islands and is now extinct in North Andors Island, its population according to new research is about 140 to 260 individual, that why it classified as Critically Endangered according to the the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Threats are the disappearing of palm trees because of a disease called lethal yellowing ( is a systemic disease caused by a phytoplasma that attacks many species of palms) which destroyed entire North Andors island palm trees, and the brood parasitism by the newly introduced Shiny Cowbird , fortunately this two threats do not exist in the South Andors island but the agriculture, and road development, forest fires, logging introduced diseases, invasive species such as feral cats and rats are the main threat in the only remaining habitat the South Andors Island.

Its population according to new research is about 140 to 260 individual, that why it classified as Critically Endangered according to the the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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