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We are planning to visit the Seychelles some year soon and one of the things on my to-do list is to observe the bird life there. (I’m afraid I’m one of those people who enjoys doing things on a holiday – lying on the beach doing nothing isn’t something I like to experience more than once on a holiday. Since I will never get that sun-kissed look I don’t see the point in trying. Seeing the sights and doing some activities is more my thing.)

Richard is half Seychellois so he’s quite eager to take me out to see his old haunts. Although I’m not the most comfortable in humid, hot climates (I am half Finnish after all!) the Seychelles islands look like amazingly beautiful places to visit and I’m quite eager to do so.

There are apparantly 6 species of pigeons/doves that can be found in the Seychelles (out of 308 species in the world), which are:

  1. Seychelles Blue-Pigeon Alectroenas pulcherrima (an endemic species)
  2. Comoro Blue-Pigeon Alectroenas sganzini
  3. Madagascar Turtle-Dove Streptopelia picturata
  4. Eurasian Turtle-Dove Streptopelia turtur (species rarely or accidentally occurs there)
  5. Zebra Dove Geopelia striata (an introduced species)
  6. Rock Pigeon Columba livia (an introduced species)

Click on the names above for information on the pigeons.

There are a couple of books I will most likely need for the trip to help me with bird identification over there (I better start saving!):

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by Adrian Skerrett (Paperback)
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by Mike Hill (Paperback)
The blue pigeons of Seychelles look really funky – love their red faces! :) When we finally go there I hope to sight many of them and will report back on my findings.

Seychelles Blue Pigeon

Comoro Blue Pigeon

Madagascar Turtle-dove