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Mauritius Fody

Mauritius Fody (Foudia rubra)
Family: PLOCEIDAE
 

The Mauritius Fody is another species that is benefiting from a species recovery programme which had started in 2004. This bird species dwells in the upland forest, and suffered catastrophically from destruction of its habitat in the 1970’s. It also loses many of its eggs and young to monkeys and rats. Chicks harvested in the wild in 2003 and 2004 have been released on Ile aux Aigrettes where the population has been established. The breeding season for this bird specie is from August to March.


Estimated No. of individuals in 1975: 500

Estimated No. of individuals in 2000: 410-500