Family Weavers (Ploceidae)


Mauritius Fody (Foudia rubra)


French: Foudi de Maurice German: Mauritiusweber Spanish: Fodi de Mauricio

Emberiza rubra

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,



Has been thought to include †F. delloni as a race. Monotypic.


Mauritius (restricted to SW).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 16–20 g. Male breeding has forehead, crown, nape, chin, throat, cheek, ear-coverts and breast red or orange-red, black mask through eye; mantle and back greyish-... read more


Song of male an extended series of disyllabic notes, generally terminating in buzzy sound; female... read more


Remaining native forest; also degraded forest invaded by exotics, as well as forests of exotic... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily insectivorous; seen to take grasshoppers (Orthoptera), beetle larvae (Coleoptera), caterpillars (Lepidoptera), also spiders (... read more


Season Oct–Feb. Monogamous. Occupies permanent territory 4–5 ha in size in sparsely populated areas, or down to as small as 0... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted range species: present in Mauritius EBA. Formerly listed as Critically Endangered, but downgraded to Endangered because population, albeit extremely... read more

Recommended citation

Craig, A. (2020). Mauritius Fody (Foudia rubra). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 February 2020).