Sixty-two species of birds breed in Seychelles. This total includes 14 endemics, 18 seabirds, 11 waterbirds, 10 native (non-endemic) land birds and 9 introduced species.
Seychelles Endemics BirdLife International recognise 13 Seychelles endemics. Aldabra Fody is not currently recognised. However, thorough (nuclear and mitochondrial) DNA analysis has shown Aldabra Fody is not closely related to other fodies and shows plumage and structural characters distinct from all other fodies. There is currently no clear basis to treat it as a race of any other species.
Native (non-endemic) land birds Though not endemic to Seychelles 9 of the following 10 species have endemic races in Seychelles (as shown in the scientifice names). Madagascar Cisticola is endemic to the Malagasy region, also present on Madagascar and Iles Glorieuses. Pied Crow is a natural coloniser present throughout the western Malagasy region and sub-Saharan Africa.
Madagascar KestrelFalco newtoni aldabranus Comoro Blue PigeonAlectroenas sganzini minor Madagascar Turtle Dove Streptopelia picturata Madagascar CoucalCentropus toulou insularis Madagascar Nightjar Caprimulgus madagascariensis Madagascar Bulbul Hypsipetes madagascariensis Madagascar CisticolaCisticola cherina Souimanga Sunbird Nectarinia souimanga aldabrensis (Aldabra), buchenorum (Cosmoledo), abbotti (Assumption) Madagascar White-eyeZosterops maderaspatana Pied CrowCorvus albus Introduced land birds Grey FrancolinFrancolinus pondicerianus Feral PigeonColumba livia Barred Ground DoveGeopelia striata Ring-necked ParakeetPsittacula krameri Barn OwlTyto alba Common Myna Acridotheres tristis Common WaxbillEstrilda astrild House Sparrow Passer domesticus Madagascar FodyFoudia madagascariensis
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