As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday 17 February 2019

New “Birds of Mauritius” free smartphone app is now available!

24 Jan 2019
The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (BirdLife Partner) has released a birding app for their country's spectacular species. Including photographs, songs and maps, this field guide can also be used to record and upload sightings - and it's free!
By Mauritian Wildlife Foundation
Mauritius is home to some of the world’s rarest bird species. The Mauritius Kestrel Falco punctatus (Endangered) was once considered to be the world's rarest bird, and Echo Parakeet Psittacula eques (Endangered) and Pink Pigeon Nesoenas mayeri (Vulnerable) numbers reached a low point of perhaps ten to twenty individuals in the mid- 1980s.  Although such rare birds provide a major attraction to bird lovers worldwide, there are many more birds to see in Mauritius, including migrant shorebirds, breeding seabirds and land birds including several introduced species.
We are pleased to inform you that information about all the birds of Mauritius and its associated islands can now be found in a new smartphone App. The App contains a wealth of detail including photographs, songs and calls, text and maps to help you enjoy and identify the special birds of the islands. The App is primarily a field identification guide which includes the capability to record and upload sightings to a central database as well as allowing the user to maintain personal checklists. 
The App is an asset of the African Bird Club and is free to download from both the Google Play Store and Apple iStore. Go to the store and search on Birds of Mauritius and follow the installation guidelines. It has been tested on a variety of Android devices including Samsung Galaxy S7, S8 and A8, and Tablet A6, and Apple / IOS devices including iPad, iPhones 5S, SE and 6S.

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