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Bird Watching in Seychelles

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bird watching in seychelles

For those looking for bird watching opportunities during their holiday in the Seychelles, this stunning archipelago, comprising over 100 granitic and coral islands, is a bird lover’s paradise. Boasting some of the rarest and most beautiful birds in the world, and the most spectacular sea bird colonies in the Indian Ocean, it would be difficult to find a more idyllic location for nature lovers. This tour will enable you to enjoy a full day of bird watching on some of the Seychelles most beautiful Inner Islands, including Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, and the island nature reserves of Aride and Cousin. Discover migrants, land birds, vagrants and some of the rarest endemic species on the planet, as well as some of the largest sea bird colonies in the world, all amidst breathtaking landscapes.

Mahé, the largest of the Seychelles’ islands, is an excellent starting point for bird watching. Here you will be able to spot a number of native species such as Seychelles Scops-owl and Seychelles White-eye, and there is also a good chance of seeing Seychelles Kestrel on the island. Surrounded by lush hills and beautiful mountain landscapes, you can enjoy some of the best nature walks in the Seychelles on this island.

One of the Seychelles’ most famous and rare native birds – the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher – can be found on the breathtaking island of La Digue, whereas Praslin Island is home to the rare endemic Seychelles Black Parrot, which you should be lucky enough to spot in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vallee de Mai. This mysterious primeval forest was once believed to be the Biblical earthly paradise, the “Garden of Eden”. Other species you can find here include the Fruit Pigeon, Seychelles Bulbul, Seychelles Swiftlet and Madagascar Fody.

Two of the most popular Seychelles birding destinations are the small, granitic islands of Cousin and Aride, which are easy to reach from both Mahe and Praslin. Both of these islands are nature reserves, providing sanctuaries and breeding sites for some of the largest seabird colonies in the world. Some of the indigenous bird species that you are likely to spot on Cousin Island include the Seychelles Warbler, the Seychelles Magpie Robin and Seychelles Fody.

Aride is the only place in the Seychelles granitic islands where you can spot red-tailed tropicbirds. The island is also home to one of the most important sea bird nesting sites in the Indian Ocean, hosting over a million birds. Over 18 endemic bird species nest here, five of which can only be found in the Seychelles. Studies show that the world’s only hilltop colony of Sooty Terns live here, as well as the world's largest colonies of Lesser Noddies and Audubon's Shearwaters. Other species include Roseate Terns, Brown Noddies, the Seychelles Fody, Seychelles Sunbird, Seychelles Blue Pigeon and what is believed to be the world’s largest colony of White-tailed Tropicbirds.

You can gain spectacular views of these beautiful bird colonies from the soaring granite cliffs and hilltops. Watch hundreds of frigate birds soaring past you at eye level before they fly out across the turquoise ocean. This is wonderful natural sight not to be missed.

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