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Foudi de Rodrigues - Cardinal jaune
Zwazo zonn
Foudia flavicans

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Rodrigues Yellow Fody
Rodrigues Yellow Fody - Cardinal jaune - Foudia flavicans
 

 Description

Scientific Name

Foudia flavicans

English Name

(Rodrigues) Yellow Fody

French Name

Foudi de Rodrigues

Local French Name

Cardinal jaune

Creole Name

Zwazo zonn

Habitat

Tall mixed evergreen forest

Geographic Range

Endemic to Rodrigues Island

First Description

Newton, 1865

Status

Endangered in the Entire Range

   

 Classification

Kingdom
Phylum
Sub phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species

Animalia
Chordata
Vertebrata
Aves
Passeriformes
Passeridae
Foudia
Foudia flavicans

The yellow or Rodrigues fody, Foudia flavicans, forages by gleaning on flowers, leaves, and twigs; its diet consists mainly of insects (stick insects, black ants, coccids, planthoppers, leaf-rollers) and spiders but also includes nectar and seeds.

The yellow fody is confined to a small area on the northern slopes of the island of Rodrigues; its population was estimated in 1983 at around 100 birds.

It inhabits tall mixed evergreen forest.

The yellow-fody was numerous in the mid-1800s and remained fairly common until it began to decline at the start of the 1960s. Although the species has been impacted several times by cyclones that have wiped out nests, eggs, and young, two other factors in combination have been determined to be the chief cause of the bird's decline: the clearance of wooded regions that form the bird's habitat and the introduction of Madagascar fody, which competes with the yellow fody for food and nests. The introduction of the house sparrow, which may usurp nests, is beginning to be a concern, and there have been reports that black rats--notorious nest predators--now inhabit the island.

Human persecution, especially by children, has been a problem, and an education campaign has been proposed as a preventative. A captive breeding program has been initiated and may eventually lead to reintroductions.

Protection of native forests and vegetation at Cascade St. Louis, Anse Quitor, and Grande Montagne is an important goal, as these areas could eventually be restocked with birds from captive breeding programs. The main goal should be to eliminate the introduced rats and mice that plague the species.

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The Captive Breeding Program

Kestrel
Pink Pigeon
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Paradise Flycatcher
Cuckoo Shrike
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Black Bulbul

Rodrigues Warbler
Yellow Fody

   
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Sites

 

Cascade St. Louis
Anse Quitor
Grande Montagne

Rodrigues Yellow Fody stamp -  Foudia flavican - Mauritius SG 318
Bird Stamps

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