Birds Of The Island
Bird Island can really be regarded as a huge bird colony, with vast numbers of seabirds present, and calling continuously throughout the year. Although more widely known for our Sooty Tern Colony, many other birds call this coralline island home.
Certain resident birds which can be seen on the island throughout the year include the Barred Ground Doves, the Greater Crested Terns who always seem to be in deep conversation, the ever observant Noddies, the Frigatebirds perched in the highest trees, Fairy Terns, White-tailed Tropicbirds, Seychelles Blue Pigeons and waders such as Grey Plovers, Curlew Sandpipers, and Ruddy Turnstones.
Other birds also grace us with their presence as they migrate from their cooler homes to our warm sandy beaches, whilst some accidentally find their way to our shores. These migrant and vagrant birds include certain species of boobies which can sometimes be seen, along with the Bar-tailed Godwits patrolling our beaches, Crab Plovers, Black-winged Stilts, Red-billed Tropicbirds, the Little Tern and Saunders’ Tern, as well as land birds such as the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater and the Red Backed Shrike. These are of course, just a few of the birds we find calling.