Meet the Juan Fernández Songbird, the Tit-tyrant

Meet the Juan Fernández Tit-tyrant (Anairetes fernandezianus), a small songbird endemic to Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile. Faced with the threats of habitat loss and predation by invasive animals (rats and feral cats), this species has been classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN. This bird can be found in the few remaining patches of native forest across the island, although it also frequents trees in the town of Juan Bautista as it seeks out insects for food. Long-term restoration of the island by removing invasive species would protect this and other endangered native animals which call the island home.

Conoce al Cachudito de Juan Fernández (Anairetes fernandezianus), un ave endémica de la Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile. Amenazada por la pérdida de hábitat y predación por animales invasores (ratas y gatos asilvestrados), esta especie ha sido clasificada como Casi Amenazada por la UICN. Esta ave puede ser encontrada en los pocos remanentes de bosque nativo alrededor de la isla, aunque también frecuenta los árboles del poblado San Juan Bautista en busca de insectos como comida. La restauración de la isla en el largo plazo permitiría la conservación de ésta y otras especies en peligro crítico que cuentan con esta isla como único hogar.

About Diego Tabilo

Diego studied engineering in natural renewable resources at the University of Chile. He is currently finishing his thesis about the different pathways in private-sector activities for exotic-species introduction in the Juan Fernández archipelago and the willingness of these enterprises to collaborate in biosecurity.

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