Mauritian Kestrel

Falco punctatus

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A Mauritian Kestrel at Jersey Zoo

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RANGE: Mauritius, Indian Ocean.

HABITAT: Sub-tropical forest and savannah.

DIET: Small rodents, insects. small birds.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Endangered.

NOTES: Nests in hollow trees and cliffs. Birds of the falcon family are noted for their "piercing" black eyes.

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Mauritian Kestrel

SAVED FROM EXTINCTION

This majestic bird of prey was once (1974) the rarest bird in the world with only four known in the wild.

By working in partnership with the Government of Mauritius we have saved the species from extinction.

There are now over 600 birds gracing the skies over the gorges and mountains of Mauritius.

Protection for wild birds and their nesting sites ensured growth in the wild population.

Harvesting of "wild" eggs stimulated the birds to lay replacement eggs.

Incubation, hand rearing and fostering techniques at the Gerald Durrell Endemic Wildlife Sanctuary in Mauritius provided birds for release.

It has taken twenty years and it was worth it!

© Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

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