Birds made their way to Mauritius long before humans did. They ruled over the island as the biggest species to be found for millions of years.
Since humans arrived about 500 years ago the island changed a lot. A lot of Mauritian birds are known to be fearless of people. The most popular example of this might be the Dodo. Sadly the Dodo was a bit to fearless and tasty to survive the wild colonial times. Nevertheless, Mauritius is a paradise to many bird species which can rarely be found somewhere else.
When spending time on the island you will inevitable come across a beautiful bird and ask yourself:
“What bird is that?”
Maybe it is time for you to get a glimpse into the hobby of “Birding”? All you need to enhance your truly mauritian experience is open eyes and a short overview of what to look for!
There are different characteristics of a bird that help you identify exactly what species you are looking at:
Small (<15cm), medium(15cm-30cm), large(>30cm)
Colors, patterns on the head, back, front and wings
Pointy, Round or Sharp
Long or short, bushy or pointy
Long or short, hooked, pointy or round
Long or short legs, Adaptation for swimming, running or clawing
Is it part of a swarm, is it hunting, in what environment did you find it etc.
How does it sing?