Pink Pigeon (Columba mayeri)

The Pink Pigeon (Columba mayeri) is a species of Columbidae (doves and pigeons) endemic to Mauritius, and is now very rare. It is the only Mascarene pigeon that has not gone extinct.   It was on the brink of extinction in 1991 when only 10 individuals remained, but its numbers have increased due to the efforts of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust since 1977.

They even have a Mauritian locally produced rum named after them!

IMG_4682 IMG_4664 IMG_4726 IMG_4794They are endemic to the island of Mauritius.  Although they once could be found all over the island, they are now extremely rare and found only in Black River Gorges National Park and Ile aux Aigrettes, just off the eastern coast.

Mauritius BirdsLEARN MORE ABOUT PINK PIGEONS

Wikipedia

Birdlife

Mauritian Wildlife Foundation

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

 

VIDEO

I could only find one short video of this bird on Arkive.
ARKive video - Pink pigeon - overview

The Birds Of Pretoriuskop Restcamp

As promised, here are some of the amazing birds of Pretoriuskop Restcamp.  I was thrilled to see so many Brown-headed Parrots which were my main target bird, but there were lots of other great birds too!

This first batch of photos was taken near the laundry room in the late afternoon.

Helmeted Guinea-fowl

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African Green Pigeon

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Purple-crested Turaco – stunning bird, photos don’t do them justice!

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Black-collared Barbet

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These remaining photos were taken early in the morning.  We were up around 5:30 and we spent a good 3 hours just wandering around following the birds (especially the parrots) as they went about their daily activities.

Grey-headed Bush-shrike

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Finally!  A flock of Brown-headed Parrots!

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They really like the trees just outside cabin 124!

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African Mourning Dove

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Scarlet-chested Sunbird

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Meanwhile back at the cabin, Ina was watching the Crested Guinea-fowls who came right up to us and the monkeys who were trying to rob some campers of breakfast.

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The Brown-headed Parrots beckoned again and we were off chasing them as they flew from tree to tree.

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We also saw several Purple-headed Turacos!

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The Grey Go-away Bird told me to g’wayyyyyyyy……………so I did and kept following the parrots.

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Black-collared Barbet

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G’waaayyyyyyyyyy!

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Crested Barbet

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Dark-capped Bulbul

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Blue Waxbill

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Southern Black Flycatcher

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Red-headed Weaver

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Black-backed Puffback

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Yellow-fronted Canary

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As we were pulling out of the camp, I spotted this Purple Crested Turaco and anther Bulbul in the trees outside reception.

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Kithulgala Resthouse – Easy Birding

Sometimes you have to work hard to see the best birds.  Other times you can just sit back, relax and let them come to you.  Kithulgala Resthouse is like this.  You can sit in the garden, on your own patio or on the balcony at the restaurant.  Since we were pretty tired that first day, we enjoyed a relaxing day just birding the grounds and even got several Sri Lankan endemics, including the beautiful Layard’s Parakeet – albeit from a distance.

The White-throated Kingfisher was easily spotted with his bright blue back and kept us entertained as he caught insects for dinner and fished in the river.  I don’t know if this is the same one or not but we never saw two together.

IMG_3183 IMG_3184a IMG_3188a IMG_3191 IMG_3208 IMG_3212a IMG_3238aThere were several Layard’s Parakeets flying over the river.  They never came close enough for a good photo but at least we got to see them!  It’s really hard to spot them amidst the foliage and zooming in only blurred them even more.

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IMG_3138 IMG_3139 IMG_3139a IMG_3206aThis Orange Minivet tried to hide from the camera but his bright colours gave him away.

IMG_3115 IMG_3116a IMG_3119aSome Sri Lanka Wood Pigeons were hanging around near the restaurant.

IMG_3104 IMG_3106 IMG_3106a IMG_3121a IMG_3128aThe staff kindly came and got me during lunch when a pair of Sri Lanka Grey Hornbills was spotted in a tree in the front.

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A Little Cormorant showing off.

 

IMG_3170 IMG_3172Cute Red-vented Bulbul

IMG_3216 IMG_3229 IMG_3231 IMG_3232Shy Sri Lanka Drongo………..and one not so shy.

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Not sure about these, any help?

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