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Mauritius Fody Foudia rubra male, Ile aux aigrettes, Mauritius

Image Credit: 
Jacques de Speville

Rodrigues Fody Foudia falvicans Male, Grande Montagne Reserve, Rodrigues

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Jacques de Speville

Mauritius Olive White-eye Zosterops chloronothus, Combo, Mauritius

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Jacques de Speville

Country checklist and status


We are delighted that our Corporate Sponsor iGoTerra has made its country checklists, including subspecies (IOC or Clements) as well as all other species groups like mammals, butterflies etc. available through the ABC website. The only thing required is a Basic membership / registration which is free of charge. Go to Mauritius checklists. If you are already a member of iGoTerra, you will be taken directly to the country page. In case you are not a member, you will be redirected automatically to the registration form and from there can go straight to the country page..

Approximately 112 bird species have been recorded in Mauritius, with a high proportion of the taxa being threatened or endemic. The birdlife comprises 7 endemic land species on Mauritius and 2 on Rodrigues, 16 breeding native waterbird and seabird species, 43 regular migrants, 22 vagrants and 18 exotics.

SHOWLER, D.A. (2002)  gives a separate checklist of the birds of Rodrigues.

Endemic species

Mauritius Kestrel Falco punctatus M
Pink Pigeon Nesoenas mayeri M
Mauritius Parakeet Psittacula echo M
Mauritius Cuckoo-Shrike Coracina typica M
Mauritius Bulbul Hypsipetes olivaceus M
Rodrigues Warbler Acrocephalus rodericanus Ro
Mauritius Olive White-eye Zosterops chloronothus M
Mauritius Fody Foudia rubra M
Rodrigues Fody Foudia flavicans Ro

See the feature article “Extension of breeding activity for Rodrigues Warbler Acrocephalus rodericanus” by Dave A. Showler, from Bulletin of the African Bird Club, volume 9.1, March 2002 and on the ABC website at Rodrigues Warbler.

Near endemic species (found in 3 countries at most)

Barau’s Petrel Pterodroma baraui Ro, Re
Mascarene Swiftlet Aerodramus francicus M, Re
Mascarene Grey White-eye Zosterops borbonicus M, Re
Mascarene Paradise-Flycatcher Terpsiphone bourbonnensis M, Ro, Re

Species found on M=Mauritius, Ro=Rodrigues, Re= Réunion.

Read the feature article Mascarene Paradise-Flycatcher Terpsiphone bourbonnensis by Roger Safford in the Bull ABC 4(2) 130-131.

Threatened species

Mauritius Kestrel Falco punctatus Vulnerable
Pink Pigeon Nesoenas mayeri Endangered
Mauritius Parakeet Psittacula echo Endangered
Mauritius Cuckoo-Shrike Coracina typica Vulnerable
Mauritius Bulbul Hypsipetes olivaceus Vulnerable
Rodrigues Warbler Acrocephalus rodericanus Endangered
Mauritius Olive White-eye Zosterops chloronothus Endangered
Mauritius Fody Foudia rubra Critical
Rodrigues Fody Foudia flavicans Vulnerable

Read the feature article “Status of the critically endangered Mauritius Fody Foudia rubra in 2001” by Rina K. Nichols, Peter Phillips, Carl G. Jones, and Lance G. Woolaver Bull. ABC, 9 (2) 95-100.

The lists of endemic, near endemic and threatened species have been compiled from a number of sources including the African Bird Club, BirdLife International, and Birds of the World Version 2.0 ® 1994-1996, Dr. Charles Sibley and Thayer Birding Software, Ltd. For further information on the threatened species of Mauritius, see BirdLife International (2000).

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