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BIRD WATCHING

The Outer Islands of Seychelles are renowned for their rich biodiversity and this includes a plethora of plumed species.  Over 250 different species of birds have been recorded.

Blue Safari Seychelles has teamed up with the Island Conservation Society (ICS) to develop a series of ecotourism trips on the Outer Islands that are geared towards birders to conserve the habitats that birds need most.

The BS bird-based tourism work focuses on key areas along the flyways that are important for resident and migratory species alike.

Initial sites are located in Alphonse, St Francois, Astove, Cosmoledo and Poivre, all of which are both bird hotspots and key Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs), where BS and their partners ICS are carrying out vital conservation work.

The expansive flats, coconut and mangrove forests, as well as protected lagoons, are home and nesting grounds to this vast variety of birds. 

Each of the Outer Islands in Seychelles has their own character and birdwatching experience. The island of Cosmoledo is home to five land-bird nesting species, namely the Souimanga Sunbird, Madagascar Turtle Dove, Madagascar White-eye, Madagascar Cisticola and Pied Crow. The first three of these birds are endemic species.

Guests will be able to spot species like Red-footed Boobies, Frigatebirds,  various Terns and Noddies.

A PARADISE FOR BIRD WATCHING IN THE SEYCHELLES

Large number of species
Conservation partners
Healthy breeding populations
Bird watching paradise
Support local ecotourism development
Species unique to Seychelles
High concentration of species
The Outer Islands of the Seychelles is home to over 250 different bird species, from seabirds and waders to land-dwelling birds
We have teamed up with the ICS to develop a series of ecotourism trips on the Outer Islands that are geared towards birders to conserve the habitats that birds need most
The Outer Islands have become significant nesting grounds for large numbers of regionally important seabirds.
Our destinations give guests a unique look at the various birds of the region in their natural habitat
Birders on these tours directly support local Seychellois and nurture an emerging ecotourism industry
These islands are home to uniquely endemic species like the Madagascan White-eye, Souimanga Sunbird, and Madagascan Turtle Dove.
Each of these beautiful islands sees roughly 100 different bird species as they travel and nest between them

Our Bird watching Destinations

Our destinations are not only home to beautiful vistas and sun-kissed beaches, but a large congregation of bird species, some of which are unique to this region.

Visit our different islands for a closer look at these feathered beauties.

Alphonse Island

The islands of the Alphonse Atoll, Alphonse, St. François and Bijoutier, host large populations of migratory waders and breeding seabirds. St. François also holds a healthy and significant population of Crab Plover.

Discover Alphonse Island
Astove Atoll

Astove Atoll plays host to populations of migratory waders and breeding seabirds like Crab Plovers and Caspian Terns. The beautiful Atoll with its single entrance lagoon and stunning flats is also home to an array of endemic species like the Cisticola and White-eye.

Discover Astove Atoll
Cosmoledo Atoll

Cosmoledo Atoll with its diverse habitats of Mangrove Forests, reefs, cliffs and expansive flats along with its large lagoon offers ideal haven for a wide variety of birds. Cosmoledo is home to ground-nesting birds like the Masked Booby and Sooty Terns as well as other breeding birds like Fairy Terns, Dimorphic Egret and Brown Noddy. It is also home to a regionally significant population of breeding Red-footed Booby.

Discover Cosmoledo Atoll
Poivre Atoll

The two islands that make up Poivre Island, Poivre and Île du Sud, with their extensive reefs and surrounding flats, create a great home for a variety of birds. The island plays host to thriving populations of Grey Heron, Fairy Terns Ruddy Turnstones, and Whimbrels.  

Discover Poivre Atoll

Endemic Birds of the Seychelles

These beautiful Seychelles' islands host an incredible diversity of bird species, some of which are endemic to the region.


With some unique populations found on multiple islands, there are some species which are endemic to only one specific island. 


The islands of St. François, Astove, Cosmoledo and Aldabra have populations of Crab Plover which is unique to the Western Indian Ocean. The Atolls of Cosmoledo and Astove hold healthy populations of Sunbird, White-eye, Cisticola and Turtle Dove.


The Seychelles Bulbul and Black Parrot can be found in the tropical forests of Praslin. East of Praslin, the island of La Digue is home to the critically endangered Seychelles Paradise-Flycatcher whilst the island of Aride hosts a population of the threatened Seychelles Magpie Robin.

 
Forming part of the incredible array of over 250 bird species found in the region, these endemic species are very special and add to the rich biodiversity of these islands. 


Bird watching in the Seychelles, especially the Outer Islands, is a truly wonderful experience that will excite and inspire.

Over 250 bird species found here
Home to the critically endangered Seychelles Paradise-Flycatcher
Thought-to-be-extinct species discovered on St. François
Some of the world’s rarest birds like the bare-legged Scops Owl can be found in the Seychelles

Migratory Birds of the Seychelles

During the non-breeding season the island of St. François along with Cosmoledo and Aldabra Atolls have been known to play host to almost 10% of the world’s Crab Plover populations as well as various other species.

 

Although many species can be found here throughout the year, there are also a large number of migratory species that use these islands for overwintering breeding grounds or a stopover as they travel to other regions.

 

Annual migrant birds of the Outer Islands include Ruddy Turnstone, Whimbrel, Greater and Lesser Sand Plover, Grey Plover, Crab Plover, Common Ringed Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Sanderling, Bar-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Curlew, Barn Swallow and Common Greenshank.

 

Vagrant birds have included species such as Common Cuckoo, Broad-billed Roller, European and Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Sandmartin, Northern Wheatear, Willow Warbler, Collared and Black-winged Pratincole, Elenora’s Falcon and Eurasian Hobby.

 

Safe haven for migratory birds
28 Species of migratory bird species
Northern Wheatears travel over 30 000 km to Alphonse Island

The birdwatchers code

Following the birdwatchers' code is good practice, common sense and should enable us all to enjoy seeing birds.

1. Avoid disturbing birds and their habitats

    2. Be an ambassador for birdwatching. Avoid going too close to birds or disturbing their habitats – if a bird flies away or makes repeated alarm calls, you’re too close. And if it leaves, you will not get a good view.

    3. Birds, habitats & the law! Follow your guide at all times as he knows the law, the rules and the terrain.

    4. Keeping records! Share your sightings to the ICS Conservation Team and record/make a list of your exciting sightings.

    5. Think about the interests of wildlife and local people before passing on news of a rare bird, especially during the breeding season.

    6. Birds respond to people in many ways, depending on the species, location and time of year.

    7. Disturbance can keep birds from their nests, leaving chicks hungry or enabling predators to take eggs or young.

 

The interest of birds always come first

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