Birds Of Heaven Called Mauritius

Posted On January 11, 2010 

Country Info

Located in Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa, Mauritius is a small island nation with an area of 2,040 square kilometers. It is located almost 900 kilometres east of Madagascar. Besides the Mauritius island, the country also includes Cargados Carajos, Rodrigues and Agalega Islands. Mauritius is also part of the Mascarene islands. The country is surrounded by coral reefs. National capital is Port Loius. Currency is Mauritian Rupee. Mauritius was once home to the now extinct Dodo birds. Mauritius was proclaimed a Republic in 1992.


The Mauritius archipelago was formed as a result of undersea volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. The island is formed around a plateau which rises towards the southwest. Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire is the highest peak at 2,717 feet.

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Mauritius is a travellers’ paradise. There are a number of places of tourist attraction in Mauritius of which the Casela Bird Park is a notable one. Casela Bird Park is located in the Black River district close to the coastal settlements of Flic en Flac and Tamarin in western Mauritius. The park spread over 20 acres of land is home to near about 140 birds species and over 25,000 birds. Also, varieties of animals like tigers, white Albino kangaroos, the long living tortoises (Aldabra, Radiata, Spider), lemurs, axis deer, lizards, geckos, Mauritian fruit bat, macaque and monkeys that can be found here.

Casela Bird Park


Mauritius is an ideal place for holidaying throughout the year. Temperature does not vary much at the coastal area. However, the weather can be unpredictable with unexpected showers interrupting a sunny day although their duration is short. Summer extends from November to May with January and February as the warmest months. Temperature can hover between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius and 18-24 degrees Celsius in the winter. Cyclones are likely during the summer. The tropical climate of Mauritius makes it an ideal holiday destination. The climate at Casela is mostly sunny and the western region where the park is located has dry climate.

Best time to visit

September through mid-November is the best time to visit Mauritius.

Casela Park flora

Small ‘Yej’ trees besides seasonal orchids are the common vegetation found in the Casela Bird Park. The abundant palm trees here are common inhabitants of many birds. The small waterbodies in the park are home to tortoises, fish and many various waterbirds.

Birds found at Casela Bird Park:
  • Mauritian Pink Pigeon (this is an endangered species and the US-based Tracy Aviary has currently undertaken conservation efforts for these birds)
  • Australian pigeon
  • Alexandrine parakeets
  • Macaw
  • Doves
  • Mynahs
  • Kingfishers
  • Bustards
  • Orioles
  • Bleeding Heart Pigeon
  • Kakatua Alba
  • White Peacock
  • Blue-crowned PigeonBlue-crowned Pigeon
  • Budgerigar
  • Black Swan
  • Casela Duck
  • Cape Turtle Dove
  • Chinese ring necked Pheasant (one of the most hunted game birds in the world)
  • Crested Pigeon
  • Cockatiel Lutino (featuring yellow green erectile crest, this bird resembles small parrots)
  • Cassowaries
  • Cockadoo
  • Golden Pheasant (endemic to western China)
  • Eurasian Gull
  • Indonesian parrot
  • Edward’s Pheasant (Featuring red legs, these birds are endemic to the Vietnamese rain forests)
  • Ring necked Parakeet
  • Red Whiskered Bulbul
  • Guinea Fowl
  • Grey Peacock Pheasant
  • Ostrich (The largest living bird species, Ostriches are endemic to Africa and are flightless. They, however, can run at a speed of over 60 kilometres per hour)DEARTH OF DUCKS
  • North American Duck
  • Papagei
Fishing Lake

the Casela Bird Park fishing lake offers a unique experience of fishing. Kids are also allowed to fish in the lake but the fishes after being caught have to be returned to the lake and can not be carried home.

Le Mirador Restaurant

It is a restaurant located inside the park although the food prices here are a bit more expensive than those available outside.

How to reach

Mauritius is served by Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport located in Plaine Magnien near Plaisance which is 48 kilometres southeast of the capital Port Loius. There is also another airport in Plaine Corail in Rodrigues Island. Air Mauritius is the national air carrier. Casela bird park is around half a kilometre from Port Loius.

Other attractions/activities in Mauritius:port louis mauritius
  • Port Louis
    The capital and harbour of Mauritius
  • Caudan Waterfront
    Architectural marvel
  • Grand Bay
    Known for its splendid beaches and deep, sheltered bay
  • Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
  • Ile Aux Cerfs
    Emerald lagoon

Located on the east coast, this emerald lagoon is easily accessed through the regular half-hour boat service that runs to the island from Pointe Maurice. With clear calm waters & long beaches fringed by filao trees, Ile Aux Cerfs is a heaven for lovers of the sea, the sand & the sun. Abundant water sports facilities & the two open – air restaurants are available on the island. It is a must visit.

  • Chamarel Coloured Earth
  • Trou aux Cerfs: Crater of an extinct volcano
  • Grand Bassin natural lake
  • Black River Gorges National Park
  • La Vanille Crocodile Park
  • Rochester and Chamarel waterfalls
  • Undersea walk
  • Catamaran trips in the open sea
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Blue Safari 600 submarine safari
  • Scuba diving
  • Horse racing
  • Sega music
  • Festivals like Thai Pongal, Makar Sankranti, Maha Shivratri, Holi, Thaipoosam Cavadee, Diwali, Chinese New Year, Pere Laval’s Day (Hindus make up 52 per cent of the population of Mauritius)
Accommodation in West Mauritius:Sugar Beach Resort
  • Le Sofitel Imperial (call: 230-453-8320)
  • Sugar Beach Resort (230-453-9090)
  • La Pirogue (230-453-8441)
  • Dinarobin Hotel Golf and Spa (230-401-4900)
  • Indian Resort (230-450-4011)
  • Hilton Mauritius Resort and Spa (230-403-1000)
  • Island Sports Club Hotel (230-483-5353)
  • Manishe Hotel (230-453-8550)
  • Klondile Village Vacances (230-453-8337)
  • Le Paradis Hotel and Golf Club (230-401-5050)
  • Les Pavilions (230-401-4000)
  • Le Pearle Beach (230-453-8428)
  • Le Tamarin (230-483-6337)
  • Villas Sand N Dory (230-53-8526)

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9 Responses to “Birds Of Heaven Called Mauritius”
  1. Yui says:

    Mauritius is one of the place where people used to die for beaches and scenery out there. It was the most happening destination of the world.

  2. Dufus says:

    People have always planned their honeymoon in Mauritius and today also there are many who just love to go there. This place has always been the best holiday destination hub.

  3. Harry says:

    seriously a traveler’s paradise. There are so many places worth a visit and few of them are mentioned in this article itself.

  4. Snape says:

    I had gifted my wife a trip to Mauritius on our marriage anniversary and it was simply amazing! I had been places there and most imp hang was I wasn’t with any tour agent or traveler agent. It was all by own.

  5. Jim says:

    I have visited this bird park and I was astonished looking at species of birds and was wondering whole day that are they from earth?

  6. Matt says:

    140 species of birds and over 25,000 birds in a 20 acre of land! Don’t you think this is just too much?

  7. George says:

    So weird named birds! Pink pigeon? Till date I’ve only seen black pigeon and white dove. Pink I know was flamingo!

  8. Roger says:

    Mauritius weather has always been pleasant. There is no much worry for getting tanned in summers or chilly in winters. Everything is bearable.

  9. Rafael says:

    not only birds of heaven but also a true heaven!

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