Red fody (Foudia madagascariensis)

The female of this species is nothing like its male counterpart and blends in well with its surroundings.

The red fody is very common on many of the Seychelles islands, and here on Bird Island I was enjoying a group of them roosting in a bush right outside my room.⠀

Every evening, in good time before sunset, they would come one by one and start preening or simply communicating amongst themselves.⠀

As the night turned to dusk the next morning I would see the red dots in the bush, first as silent color-balls, but as the light progressed towards sunrise they would start to sing and move around and begin their daily routines.⠀

Bird Island is an amazing place to be, and although this species is silent at night, there are many other species that never go silent! Sleeping here is like being in the middle of a bird colony – an amazing place to be.

It sounds like this:


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