Well known as a haven for honeymooners, the stunning islands of the Seychelles archipelago are also a magnet for ornithologists the world over.
The 155 granite and coral islands are home to 12 endemic bird species, and the largest sea bird colonies in the world.
For all bird enthusiasts out there, here’s our top 5 run down of must-see Seychelles’ islands.
1. Praslin Island
The rare endemic Seychelles Black Parrot is the national bird. Visitors to the exotic Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island, are likely to see the Black Parrot as well as the Seychelles Bulbul, Seychelles Swiflet and Fruit Pigeon.
Mahé is the largest of the islands, and there are a number of beautiful walks you can take into the tropical hills to spot the Seychelles Kestrel, Seychelles White-eye and Seychelles Scops-owl.
3. Bird Island
Bird Island is situated some 60 miles north of Mahé. It’s a tiny flat coralline island where over 400,000 pairs of Sooty Terns breed every year between May – November.
There are viewing platforms where you can enjoy the sight of the terns incubating their eggs and caring for newborn chicks. Other birds found on the island include Curlew Sandpipers, Fairy Terns and Turnstones.
4. Cousin Island
Cousin Island, just 2km from Praslin Island, is home to a bird and marine sanctuary that has won several awards for conservation and ecotourism.
The endangered Seychelles Magpie Robin was successfully reintroduced on the island. You’ll also find other endemic birds including the Seychelles Sunbird, Seychelles Fody and Seychelles Blue Pigeon.
There’s also a massive seabird colony here with 7 different species nesting at different times of year. Expect to see Fairy Terns, Bridled Terns, Lesser Noddies, Audubon’s Shearwater and the Wedge-tailed Shearwater.
5. Aride Island
Close to Cousin Island, Aride is the only place in the archipelago where you’ll find Red-tailed Tropicbirds. The world’s only hilltop colony of Sooty Terns are also found here, living alongside White-tailed Tropicbirds, Roseate Terns, Seychelles Sunbird and the Seychelles Fody.
When to visit
The main breeding season for birds in the Seychelles is April, while Sooty Terns nest from May-September.
October is migration time, where numbers peak across the islands. Visitors at this time of year can expect some stunning sights across the sky.
Where to stay
Combine all this with a wonderfully relaxing holiday at one of our luxury 5* resorts in the Seychelles.
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