Photo Thomas Ghestemme
Feral cats were another threat. At the beginning of the conservation programme in 2008, 10 % of birds were spotted tailless. The lack of feathers on the tails is characteristic of cat predation. To escape predators, birds give up their feathers.
Main results have been:
These results are all good news for the Fatu Hiva Monarch. However, its situation is still critical with only 5 fertile couples in 2015 for the whole species.
A lot needs to be set up, swiftly. Hiring a technician native to Fatu Hiva to closely monitor the monarch population has been a major step. The program also benefits from the involvement of landowners. However, there is still a great need for fundings in order to carry on and avoid the extinction of the Fatu Hiva Monarch.