Leucopeza semperi P. L. Sclater

Semper’s Warbler (Leucopeza semperi)

Semper’s Warbler was described in 1876; the species was endemic to the island of St. Lucia in the Lesser Antilles. It was a ground-dwelling species that inhabited the undergrowth of the montane rainforests and the elfin woodlands of the highest mountains.

The bird reached a size of about 14.5 cm; the plumage was inconspicuously dark grey above and greyish white below; the beak was greyish yellow; the legs were yellow.

The species was quite abundant when it was discovered but begun to disappear during the middle of the 20th century, most likely due to the introduction of Small Indian Mongooses (Urva auropunctata (Hodgson)) with the intention to control the populations of rodents and snakes. It was finally last seen in 1961; however, several unconfirmed sightings took place until 2003. 

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Depiction from: ‘P. L. Sclater: On some additional species of birds from St. Lucia, West Indies. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1876: 13-14’

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edited: 17.02.2024