It may not be an endemic species of Reunion Island, but the tropicbird is still one of the most iconic birds here! Also known under its true name, the Phaethon lepturus, this large marine bird can be easily recognised thanks to its white colour and long black markings. This bird is often seen in flight and likes to nest in the cliffs of Reunion Island’s wild south coast.
Tropicbirds are a protected species, so make sure you are discreet if you should see one !
It is possible to catch a glimpse of a tropicbird inland on Reunion Island, mainly alongside rivers.