Victoria (Seychelles) : It was just a feather: but in the tropical paradise of the Seychelles, the discovery of parakeet plumage has put environmentalists in a flutter, with a foreign invading bird threatening the national parrot, reports AFP.

 In the steamy and thick jungles of Praslin, one of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean archipelago of white sand beaches ringed by palms, the authorities are worried after the warning sign of a green feather from a ring-necked parakeet was discovered.

If not stopped, it threatens to wipe out the country’s endangered black parrot, listed as “vulnerable to extinction” on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The vivid green parakeet may appear harmless.

But it is a direct rival to the endemic black parrot, the “most noteworthy species” in the park and which is “totally dependent” on the palm forest there, according to UNESCO. Munching the same food as the parrots, the parakeets could bring with them diseases.

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