Description: The Mauritius fody is a small songbird of about 14 cm in length. Breeding males are bright red from head to chest with an orange patch on the rump, while the female is a duller olive-brown colour with darker wings. It is easy to confuse the Mauritius fody with the introduced Madagascar Fody which is very common in Mauritius. Breeding male Madagascar fodies have a completely red body. Madagascar fodies also have a thicker beak for eating seeds while the thinner beak of the Mauritius fody is use to probe for insects.