- The only bird of prey remaining in Mauritius.
- Males are usually slightly smaller than females.
- They are carnivorous feeding on geckos, agamid lizards, shrews, small birds and insects.
- They are monogamous in the breeding season (November and December).
- They are classified as ‘endangered’ with an estimated population of around 400. They are only found in the Black River Gorges National Park and Bambous Mountains of Mauritius.
- In particular, the work of Professor Carl Jones saved the Mauritius kestrel from extinction and expanded their number to more than 300 birds in just one decade.