Bird Island

The “Outer” Coral Islands

Formerly known as Ile aux Vaches, for its small population of Dugongs, the island was renamed Bird by its new owners in honour of the large population of migrating sea birds that fly in to nest on the island every year between May to September.

The island, which lies to the north of Mahe, is skirted by a magnificent stretch of beach and offers great bird watching and photography opportunities.

Bird Island is named in honor of its spectacular colony of around 700,000 pairs of Sooty Tern that nest on the island. The birds arrive from late March, laying eggs in May and remaining until October before leaving the island. Another phenomena especially in October to December, arises from the geographical location of Bird Island on the northern edge of the Seychelles Bank. This means it is the first landfall for migratory Eurasian birds and Seychelles Bird Records Committee has recorded here many species new to the country.

View images from Bird Island

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