List of Birds of Mayotte

List of Birds of Mayotte

Our Birding Tour Comoros and Mayotte will visit all three islands of Comoros as well as the island of Mayotte. Although Mayotte is a department and region of France, traditional Mayotte culture and ecology are most closely related to that of the neighboring Comoros islands, and biogeographically it is part of Comoros. This tour allows a rare opportunity for any serious lister to hopefully connect with some of the rarest, most range-restricted, and/or endangered species on the planet. These include Karthala Scops Owl, Mohéli Scops Owl, Anjouan Scops Owl (all three listed as Critically Endangered by IUCN), Mayotte Scops Owl, and many other birds, a large number of which are endemic to Comoros with their respective subspecies being endemic to their specific island. Not only is the birding spectacular, but so too is the scenery and the variety in the fauna and flora that one picks up along the way. The trip, however, is quite strenuous, as the climbs are steep and the camping fairly basic. But the birds available soon make one forget about the lack of common luxuries.

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How to get there
Areas of interest
When to visit
Where to stay
  • African palm swift
  • African sacred ibis
  • African swift
  • Allen’s gallinule
  • Alpine swift
  • Anjouan scop’s owl
  • Atoll tern
  • Baillon’s crake
  • Barn swallow
  • Bar-tailed godwit
  • Black kite
  • Black-crowned night heron
  • Black-napped tern
  • Blue-cheeked bee-eater
  • Bridled tern
  • Broad-billed roller
  • Bronze mannikin
  • Brown bobby
  • Brown noddy
  • Caspian tern
  • Cattle egret
  • Comb duck
  • Common barn owl
  • Common greenshank
  • Common moorhen
  • Common myna
  • Common ringed plover
  • Common sandpiper
  • Common tern
  • Comoro blue pigeon
  • Comoro fody
  • Comoro olive pigeon
  • Crab-plover
  • Cuckoo roller
  • Curlew sandpiper
  • Eleonora’s falcon
  • Eurasian curlew
  • Eurasian golden oriole
  • European roller
  • Frances’s sparrow hawk
  • Garganey
  • Gray heron
  • Gray plover
  • Gray-headed lovebird
  • Gray-hooded gull
  • Great egret
  • Great frigatebird
  • Greater crested tern
  • Greater flamingo
  • Greater sand plover
  • Helmeted guineafowl
  • House sparrow
  • Java sparrow
  • Lesser black-backed gull
  • Lesser crested tern
  • Lesser flamingo
  • Lesser frigatebird
  • Lesser kestrel
  • Lesser noddy
  • Lesser sand plover
  • Little grebe
  • Little stint
  • Long-tailed cormorant
  • Madagascar bulbul
  • Madagascar cuckoo
  • Madagascar fody
  • Madagascar harrier
  • Madagascar heron
  • Madagascar malachite kingfisher
  • Madagascar pond-heron
  • Madagascar pratincole
  • Madagascar turtle dove
  • Madagascar white-eye
  • Madagascar-paradise flycatcher
  • Marianne island white-eye
  • Marsh sandpiper
  • Mascarene martin
  • Masked bobby
  • Mayotte drongo
  • Mayotte scop’s owl
  • Mayotte sunbird
  • Olive bee-eater
  • Pacific golden plover
  • Peregrine falcon
  • Pied crow
  • Pin-tailed whydah
  • Red avadavat
  • Red-footed bobby
  • Red-tailed tropical bird
  • Red-whiskered bulbul
  • Ring-necked dove
  • Rock dove
  • Roseate tern
  • Rose-ringed parakeet
  • Ruddy turnstone
  • Sanderling
  • Saunders’s tern
  • Senegal lapwing
  • Sooty tern
  • Spotted flycatcher
  • Squacco heron
  • Striated heron
  • Tambourine dove
  • Terek sandpiper
  • Three-banded plover
  • Tropical shearwater
  • Wedge-tailed shearwater
  • Whimbrel
  • White-cheeked tern
  • White-fronted plover
  • White-tailed tropical bird
  • Wood sandpiper

Best time for Birding in Mayotte

The endemics here are Mayotte Drongo, Mayotte White-eye, and Mayotte Sunbird. Again, all are reasonably easy to find, the last two even common at sea level. October to December are the best months to visit – before the rains set in earnest, but when bird activity is still reasonably high.