Best time to visit Mauritius

Birdwatching in Mauritius

An impressive variety of rarest birds can be found in the forests of Mauritius

Best time: March–December


Mauritius is constantly working on the conservation of its fauna and today the island is the home for some of the world’s rarest birds. Mauritius kestrel, Pink Pigeon, Mauritius Cuckoo-Shrike, the Mauritius Bulbul, and Mauritius Olive White-Eye are only a few of the unique birds which can be found on the island.

The best places to see as many birds as possible at their natural habitat are the Black River Gorges National Park, Bassin Blanc, Le Petrin, andI le aux Aigrettes. You can go at any time, but avoid the cyclone season which runs from January to February.

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What are some of the rarest birds found in Mauritius?

The Mauritius Kestrel, Pink Pigeon, Mauritius Cuckoo-Shrike, Mauritius Bulbul, and Mauritius Olive White-eye are rare bird species found in the Mauritius island, facing endangerment due to habitat depletion, large scale deforestation, and lack of protection laws. However, the authorities have carried out conservation efforts, which have borne fruits and led to the revival of certain bird populations. Show more

When is the cyclone season in Mauritius and when should it be avoided?

The best time to visit Mauritius is from March to December. Cyclone season, from January to February, should be avoided due to unpredictable weather patterns, such as flash floods, roadblocks, amongst others, which can be disruptive to travel. Mauritius boasts of lovely weather outside the cyclone period, making it an ideal tourist destination. Show more

Where are the best places to see the unique birds of Mauritius in their natural habitat?

Black River Gorges National Park, Bassin Blanc, Le Petrin, and Ile aux Aigrettes are some of the must-visit natural habitats for rare endemic species of birds. Black River Gorges National Park is an indigenous wildlife reserve that plays host to several unique bird species, including the Pink Pigeon and Mauritius Kestrel, in their natural habitats. Show more

What is the conservation status of the bird species that can be found in Mauritius?

The Mauritian birds faced multiple threats of extinction due to limited governmental policies protecting the forests, high levels of hunting, and introduction of invasive species. However, conservation efforts have helped boost bird populations, thereby promoting biodiversity. The authorities have worked to create suitable habitats, initiate breeding programs, and establish reserves to offer much-needed protection to the unique bird life. Show more

How has Mauritius managed to maintain the populations of its rare bird species?

Mauritius affords significant resources toward conservation and is known to be a pioneer in this field. Several organizations work together to promote awareness of endangered species, restore ecosystems, and ensure the protection of the indigenous plants and wildlife. The support has resulted in success stories about the endangered species, including viable breeding programs, providing suitable habitats and wildlife preserves. Show more

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Authors: Olha Savych