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La Digue is the last refuge of the black paradise flycatcher, which locals call the veuve (widow). This small forest reserve, which has been set aside to protect its natural habitat, is thought to shelter about 15 pairs of the bird. The male has long black tail feathers. Other species include terrapins, fruit bats and moorhens. There are several walking trails punctuated with interpretive panels about flora. There's also a small information centre.

If you ask nicely, the ranger will go on a small tour with you – they know the best areas for spotting the elusive black paradise flycatcher.