Mauritius Fody Foudia rubra male, Ile aux aigrettes, Mauritius
Rodrigues Fody Foudia falvicans Male, Grande Montagne Reserve, Rodrigues
Mauritius Olive White-eye Zosterops chloronothus, Combo, Mauritius
Country checklist and status
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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.
|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.
|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).