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Mauritius Kestrel to be declared island’s National Bird

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The Mauritius Kestrel (Falco punctatus) will be officially be declared as the National Bird of the Republic of Mauritius, according to Cabinet papers.

The Mauritius Kestrel is an endemic species unique to Mauritius.

In the early 1980s, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, in collaboration with the Government and international conservation organisations, took up the challenge to rescue the Kestrels from extinction.

The current wild population of Kestrels stands at 350 individuals.

The rescue of the Mauritius Kestrel is one of the greatest conservation success stories not only in Mauritius but also in the world.

The Mauritius Kestrel will be declared ‘the National Bird of Mauritius’ on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the accession of Mauritius to the status of Republic in March 2022.

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