Mauritius Fody: 15 Facts You Won't Believe!

The best set of Mauritius fody facts you will ever read.

The Mauritius fody bird is a rare bird species. It has blue plumage on its wings with different colors in the head region. These red fodies are endemic to the island of Mauritius on Africa's east coast. They have no known subspecies or close relatives that can be found anywhere else in the world! The Mauritius fody is a bird native to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

The fody's name comes from its habit of using breadfruit tree seeds as bait for catching insects, which may have led people who first encountered them to call them 'fodies', meaning 'thief'. Mauritius fody (Foudia rubra) birds are good at mimicking the sounds of other birds or humans when they want attention such as mating calls or alarm cries. In this way, they can be quite annoying!

Known for its blue-green plumage and black belly, the Mauritian fody has a curved beak that it uses to feed on insects with its strong jaw and razor-sharp teeth. These small birds are most commonly seen hopping about on tree branches or flying from branch to branch above their forest habitat. The Mauritius fody is unique because its song differs from that of other birds in their range, even though they live near each other. This makes it an attractive pet for bird enthusiasts who enjoy hearing a variety of songs all day long!

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Mauritius Fody

Fact File

What do they prey on?

Nectar, fruits, seeds, rice, insects, bugs

What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

0.03-0.04 lb (14-20 g)

How long are they?

5.5 in (14 cm)

How tall are they?


What do they look like?

Bright red and olive-brown

Skin Type


What are their main threats?

Black rats and macaws

What is their conservation status?

Critically Endangered

Where you'll find them

Forest habitats and trees







Scientific Name

Foudia rubra





Mauritius Fody Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Mauritius fody?

The Mauritius fody is a small brown songbird that is found only on the island of Mauritius.

What class of animal does a Mauritius fody belong to?

The Mauritius fody is a small bird that belongs to the class Aves just like the common blackbird.  These birds are most often found in forests, where they like to feed on insects like dragonflies and seeds.

How many Mauritius fodies are there in the world?

The Mauritius fody is a rare bird. It was once believed that only eight breeding male and female pairs of these birds existed, but recent surveys show there are more than 500 birds in this species' population on the island of Mauritius!

Where does a Mauritius fody live?

Thie little bird by the name of Mauritius fody (Foudia rubra) spends most of its time perched high up against a tree trunk, among branches that are wide enough so it can see what's going on below as well as above them!

What is a Mauritius fody's habitat?

The Mauritius fody (Foudia rubra) bird is a small species of passerine bird that is native to the tropical rainforests of Mauritius. These birds typically prefer living at higher altitudes where it's difficult for predators to find them.

Who do Mauritius fodies live with?

Mauritian fodies are interesting birds with one unique trait that sets them apart from more solitary birds: they live together in huge flocks for safety and company!

How long does a Mauritius fody live?

The Mauritius fody (Foudia rubra) is a plucky, delicate little bird. They can live up to 10 years of age in captivity and for about three to five years in the wild!

How do they reproduce?

Male Mauritius fody birds reproduce seasonally with female Mauritius fody birds. Females lay eggs in nests.

What is their conservation status?

The Mauritius fody has the IUCN conservation status of Critically Endangered. Conservation efforts to protect the bird's population are of increasing importance. They must be introduced particularly to protect the breeding population of these birds.

Mauritius Fody Fun Facts

What do Mauritius fodies look like?

The Mauritius fody is a small but beautiful bird with striking head feathers. These birds come in various shades of olive-brown, with some white patches on their wings and tail. The male Mauritius fody has black-tipped feathers around the eyes on its head. These feathers give the bird an intense gaze which can be quite intimidating! Non-breeding males of this fody bird species have a very bright red color instead of olive-brown feathers. Red fody birds and Mauritius fody birds are said to have beautiful plumage, heads, and pairs of wings that rival peacocks in their beauty.

Conservation efforts need to be introduced to protect the breeding population of this bird species.
* Please note that this is an image of a Madacasgar fody, not a Mauritius fody. If you have an image of a Mauritius fody please let us know at

How cute are they?

Mauritius is home to many cute species of birds, but the Mauritian fody might just be at the top. They are super cute, but lots of conservation efforts need to be introduced to protect the breeding population of these birds.

How do they communicate?

The Mauritius fody bird species is known for its beautiful song, and they use this to communicate. They will sing loudly at night in order to say hello or call out a warning amongst other things.

How big is a Mauritius fody?

The Mauritius fody is 5.5 in (14 cm) long. These small birds native to the Mauritian islands strive hard among predators like black rats and macaws.

How fast can a Mauritius fody fly?

This fody bird species is known for its ability to fly up to speeds of 55 mph (88 kph)!

How much does a Mauritius fody weigh?

This Critically Endangered rare tiny fody bird species can be found lurking around fruit trees. Their weight ranges from 0.03-0.04 lb (14-20 g)!

What are their male and female names of the species?

Both breeding males and females (alone or in pairs) are simply referred to as Mauritius fodies!

What would you call a baby Mauritius fody?

Baby birds of this species go by the name Mauritius fody babies or Mauritius fody chicks! They spend their early lives in a nest, after hatching from eggs laid by a female fody bird.

What do they eat?

The Critically Endangered Mauritius fody is a small songbird that eats nectar, fruit seeds, and other food. It has a number of predators too, such as black rats and macaws.

Are they dangerous?

This Critically Endangered fody is one of the smallest birds in existence. These fodies aren't very dangerous but they may bite if threatened or picked up by surprise, which is why most people leave them alone!

Would they make a good pet?

The Mauritius fody population can only be found in the wild in Mauritius, it can't be found anywhere else! These Critically Endangered fodies have long tails and dance on the ground in order to lure prey much like peacocks do. You probably won't be able to keep one as your pet because they are hard to find and keep in captivity!

Did you know...

This bird has been classified as Critically Endangered because the population of Mauritius fody females is declining rapidly, and there may be less than one female for every 100 male birds left.

Mauritius fody molting is absolutely crucial to its ability to survive in its habitat.

Conservation efforts to protect the breeding population of these birds need to be introduced in their habitat range.

Is the Mauritius fody endemic?

The Mauritius fody has been classified as endemic with its habitat range being restricted to Mauritius.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our little crow facts and military macaw facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable hooded parrot coloring pages.

* Please note that this is an image of a Madacasgar fody, not a Mauritius fody. If you have an image of a Mauritius fody please let us know at



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