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Fiji - 10th to 27th June 2002,
Not only was this my wife Diana's and my first visit to Fiji, it was also our first visit to the Pacific Islands, although we have visited New Zealand.
The prime reason for the trip was birding, but we wished to give ourselves sufficient time to appreciate other aspects of Fiji life. On a trip of only three weeks, including travelling time to and from Fiji, we decided that we could do this best, and maximise the number of potential species to be seen, by concentrating on the three islands of Viti Levu, Taveuni and Kadavu. We divided our time on Viti Levu equally between the east and the west, but did not included the northern forests, so we gave ourselves little chance of seeing Red-throated Lorikeet and Pink-billed Parrotfinch. However, as these species are now very rare and localised there is only a slim chance of seeing them on a single visit and given the logistics of getting to the best sites we decided the time could be better spent.
Also, we decided that we would give ourselves sufficient time at each location to search for birds in case a particular species proved difficult to find. It would have been possible to squeeze our itinerary into two weeks, but success would have been dependant on finding birds quickly and that cannot be guaranteed in rainforests.
Our strategy worked out satisfactorily and we found 19 Fiji endemics and an additional 10 Oceania endemics. I would recommend visiting the islands in the same order. By the time we reached Kadavu we had found most of the species we had expected to see with the exception of the Kadavu endemics. This meant that we were able to relax at little on Kadavu in preparation for the long journey home.
June is the Fijian winter so it is cooler and less humid than at other times of the year. However, during our visit daytime temperatures were well in excess of 80F and we did experience some rain especially at higher elevations on Taveuni and on the Suva side of Viti Levu. June appears also to be at the start of the breeding season for many species though the pattern is confused and varies from species to species. Judging by other reports, June is a poor time for seabirds. There were few flowering plants.
TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
All flights, accommodation and car rental were booked through the Internet. We were not looking for budget accommodation and on all of the islands that we visited there was available a range of cheaper or more expensive accommodation.
We travelled by car from our home on the north coast of Scotland to Aberdeen, from where we flew to London Heathrow by BA to connect with their flight to Los Angeles. From LA we flew by Air Pacific (the Fiji international airline) under a QANTAS flight number to Nadi International Airport in Fiji.
It is a long journey and although we left LA on the Saturday evening we arrived in Fiji on Monday morning local time as we had crossed the International Date Line. On the return flight one arrives in LA before one has left Fiji!!
UK domestic flights and international flights were booked through Expedia.co.uk - website: www.expedia.co.uk
Internal flights in Fiji were booked through either Air Fiji (www.airfiji.net) or Sun Air (www.fiji.to). To avoid tickets being lost or delayed in the post we arranged to pick them up at either Nadi or Nausori (Suva) airports. The service from both airlines was excellent, though people who do not like flying in small planes should note the planes we used were 15, 9 and 6 seaters.
On Viti Levu we rented a car through Avis (www.avis.com.fj) collecting it at Nadi airport and returning it to Nausori airport.
On Taveuni we used taxis arranged through the hotel. On Kadavu the hotel arranged a boat to take us to Vunisea and we arranged with a local truck driver to take us up to the rainforest for a very modest price. We walked back to Vunisea and took a lift from the resort boat which had crossed to collect new arrivals.
We spent the first few days on Viti Levu at the Anchorage Resort (www.tanoahotels.com) located about 15 minutes drive from the airport, about half way to Lautoka. This was comfortable, quiet and in easy reach of the main birding areas. On the night before leaving Fiji we stayed at the Tanoa International Hotel (www.tanoahotels.com), which, as its name indicates, is more international in style and a lot busier.
On the east of Viti Levu we stayed at the Raintree Lodge (www.raintreelodge.com) close to the Coli-i-Suva Forest Park. We highly recommend this lodge if one is staying on the east side of the island.
On Taveuni we stayed at the Garden Island Resort (www.aquatrek.com), which was very comfortable and with a good restaurant. They were able to arrange taxis, field trips and diving trips.
On Kadavu we stayed at Dive Kadavu at Matana Resort (www.divekadavu.com). This is accessed by a 15 minutes boat trip from the airport and is primarily geared to offering diving opportunities. However, as non-divers we were made very welcome and the proprietors did everything that they could to ensure that we found the Kadavu endemics. The food and hospitality was excellent and we highly recommend it as a base. Kadavu Shining Parrot, Kadavu Honeyeater and Kadavu Fantail were all found in the grounds or close by.
A Guide to the Birds of Fiji & Western Polynesia Dick Watling illustrated by Chloe Talbot-Kelly, Environmental Consultants (Fiji) Ltd
The Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific Pratt, Bruner & Berrett, Princetown University Press
The Watling has been published only recently and proved excellent in field and as a source of background information. Bruner et al was useful as it includes illustrations of more sub species than Watling, some of which are very variable, but we tended to use it as a secondary source. If the choice of only one book has to be made then I recommend the Watling.
SITE GUIDES AND TRIP REPORTS
Where to Watch Birds in Australasia & Oceania Nigel Wheatley, Helm
We referred to the following trip reports:
Fiji, 26th August - 9th September 2000 Tony Clarke www.birdtours.co.uk/tripreports/fiji/fiji1/FIJI%202000.htm
Fiji (6 Islands), July 4 - August 6, 1999 Barry Levine www.crosswinds.net/~birdtrips/Fiji99.html
Kadavu & Suva, Fiji, September 26-29, 1998 Peter Lonsdale www.crosswinds.net/~birdtrips/Kadavu98.html
Fiji March 1996 Susan Myers www.websurf.net.au/~susan/Fiji.htm
FIJI A birders Guide to the Fijian Islands Dave Sargeant published privately, based on a trip in August 1989
Tony Clarke's was the best of these and the most helpful.
TOUR GUIDES AND MAPS
Lonely Planet: Fiji Robert Jones & Leonardo Pinheiro, Lonely Plant Publications
Moon Handbooks: Fiji David Stanley, Avalon Travel
Fiji 1:625,000 Hema Maps Pty Ltd
The Fiji Visitors Bureau has an excellent website at www.bulafiji.com which should be referred early in planning a trip to the country.
For up to date advice on travelling to Fiji, British citizens should refer to the Fiji page on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website at www.fco.gov.uk and for health advice to www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk. Non-British nationals will find the information on these pages relevant but will wish to follow the advice of their own governments and health authorities.
The avifauna of Fiji is relatively small with a recorded species list of about 150, including seasonal migrants vagrants and possibly extinct species. There are only 57 breeding land bird species. Thus, given the difficulty of access to remoter areas and islands, visiting birders should be realistic about the number of species that can be found during a 2/3 weeks visit. Depending on the time of the year and the itinerary, a total of between 50 and 60 species is realistic. We managed 59 plus one (Fan-tailed Cuckoo) which was heard but not seen.
Arrived at Nadi at 5.00am after travelling for 35 hours. After completing the formalities we collected the rental car and headed for the Anchorage Beach Resort Hotel at Verdu Point to catch up on lost sleep. Mid/late afternoon walked through the hotel grounds and along the beach.
In the morning drove up to the Nausori Highlands and beyond Nausori Village, but had difficulty in accessing the rainforest from the road. In the late afternoon visited Saweni Flats and Saweni Beach.
Drove south on the Queens Road to Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park and Kula Eco-Park at Korotoga.
Breakfasted at a small cafe near the market in Lautoka and then drove up to the Koroyanitu National Heritage Park at Abaca. Walked up to the waterfall with Anna Bosé from the village as a guide. In the late afternoon visited Saweni Flats.
Drove round the Queens Road to Suva and checked in to the Raintree Lodge at Colo-i-Suva. Mid/late afternoon walk along the main track in Colo-i-Suva Forest Park.
A largely non-birding day during the normal tourist things in Suva and sorting out air tickets for later inter island flights. Late afternoon drive along Queen Elizabeth Drive to view the flats around Suva Point.
In the morning visited Colo-i-Suva Forest Park and in the afternoon the Pipeline Road at Wailoko Village.
In the morning took the car into Colo-i-Suva Forest Park to enable an early start at the furthest point and explored the forest around the lower pools. After obtaining permission from the Forest Office (which was readily given) we walk the Waterfall Track in the Colo-i-Suva Forest Reserve. Late afternoon drive along Queen Elizabeth Drive to view the flats around Suva Point.
Visited the Pipeline Road at first light. After a late breakfast checked out of the hotel and headed for Nausori Airport to return the rental car and check in for the flight to Taveuni. By the time we had made the flight and checked in to the Garden Island Resort there was little light left except to explore the small gardens and look for sea birds.
Our original intention was to bird the Qeleni Road area as mentioned in Dick Watling's book and in Tony Clarke's trip report. However, both the taxi driver and the driver at the hotel said that the road had deteriorated and was not suitable for vehicles. This left us with the need to make a snap decision so we opted for the Lavena Coastal Walk.
The day spent on the Vidawa Forest Hike guided by Isaki from the village of Vidawa. Rewarded with superb views of male Orange Dove and a very confiding adult Silktail. I highly recommend this hike, not only for the birds but also to benefit from Isaki's wealth of knowledge about Fiji culture and wildlife in general.
Early morning start to be at the gate on the road to Des Voeux Peak by first light with a guide arranged by the hotel. A walk of only two hours so we did not reach the top but still found most of the main species including Silktail and Orange Dove. Late afternoon drive around Taveuni Estate.
Little time for birding. Flew from Taveuni to Nausori Airport, Viti Levu where we had a two hour wait before the flight to Kadavu. Walked around the grounds and adjacent area of the Matana Beach Resort.
Early morning walk in the vicinity of the hotel and then walked up to the forest above the hotel.
Hired a boat in the village to take us back to Vunisea and then paid a truck drive F$10 to drive us up to the rain forest to the west of the town. Spent a couple of hours birding from the road, as we could not find access into the forest. We then walked back down to the airport and got a lift back to Matana on the resort boat that had come over to meet people arriving on the Suva flight.
A relaxed day. Walked up to the forest behind Matana Beach Resort in the morning and spent the afternoon on the beach.
A morning spent lounging and packing before taking the six-seater Sun Air flight to Nadi where we checked into the Tanoa International Hotel.
After over two weeks spent thrashing around the rainforest I was starting to develop what American friends call "warbler neck", and I was much in need of a seabird fix. Before I left for Fiji an e-mail message from Dick Watling had underlined his comments in his book about the paucity of seabirding opportunities. Most of the day boat trips on offer from the Nadi area where based on short boat trips aimed at dropping people on "resort" islands where they could spend the day doing beach activities. Following Tony Clarke's example I opted for the Seaspray Sailing Adventure. This involved taking the catamaran service from Denauri to Mana Island and there transferring to Seaspray for a journey out to Yanuya and Monuriki islands. This maximised the time at sea and at least took me to the outer islands of the Manacuas. In the event the birding was not as good as on Tony Clarke's trip in September 2000, the highlight being two Bridled Terns, but it was a very enjoyable and a good use of the final day in Fiji.
For recording I use the Bird Area/Bird Base database produced by Santa Barbara Software and based on Clements. The differences in English names between Clements and Watling and Pratt, Bruner & Berrett are listed below.
|CLEMENTS||WATLING||PRATT ET AL|
|Pacific Black Duck||Pacific Black Duck||Grey Duck|
|Pacific Reef-Egret||Eastern Reef Heron||Pacific Reef-Heron|
|Swamp Harrier||Pacific Harrier||Swamp Harrier|
|Buff-banded Rail||Banded Rail||Banded Rail|
|Pacific Golden Plover||Pacific Golden Plover||Lesser Golden Plover|
|Great Crested Tern||Crested Tern||Great Crested Tern|
|Metallic Pigeon||White-throated Pigeon||White-throated Pigeon|
|Shy Ground-Dove||Friendly Ground-Dove||Shy Ground-Dove|
|Velvet Dove||Whistling Dove||Whistling Dove|
|Pacific Imperial Pigeon||Pacific Pigeon||Pacific Pigeon|
|Peale's Imperial Pigeon||Barking Pigeon||Peale's Pigeon|
|Red Shining Parrot, subspecies||Kadavu Shining Parrot||Red Shining Parrot, subspecies|
|Orange-breasted Myzomela||Orange-breasted Myzomela||Orange-breasted Honeyeater|
|Giant Honeyeater||Giant Forest Honeyeater||Giant Forest Honeyeater|
|Slaty Monarch||Slaty Monarch||Slaty Flycatcher|
|Fiji Shrikebill||Lesser Shrikebill||Fiji Shrikebill|
|Black-throated Shrikebill||Black-faced Shrikebill||Black-faced Shrikebill|
|Vanikoro Flycatcher||Vanikoro Broadbill||Vanikoro Flycatcher|
|Blue-crested Flycatcher||Blue-crested Broadbill||Blue-crested Flycatcher|
|Fiji Woodswallow||Fiji Woodswallow||White-breasted Woodswallow subspecies|
|Australasian Magpie||Australian Magpie||Australian Magpie|
|Layard's White-eye||Fiji White-eye||Layard's White-eye|
|Fiji Parrotfinch||Fiji Parrotfinch||
Red-headed Parrotfinch, subspecies
SPECIES ENDEMIC TO FIJI
Of the 26 species endemic to Fiji we believed that our itinerary gave us a reasonable chance of seeing 19 species and this we achieved. The other seven species were discounted as being unlikely for the following reasons:
Fiji Petrel: Gua only and extremely rare - six
records since 1985
Bar-winged Rail: Last unconfirmed sighting 1973 - presumed extinct
Red-throated Lorikeet: Very rare and localised
Rotuma Myzomela: Rotuma only
Versicoloured Monarch: Ogealevu and Ogeadriki only
Long-legged Warbler: Last record 1973
Pink-billed Parrotfinch: Now extremely rare and localised
While we are by means experts in finding the Fiji endemics the following comments, based on our own limited experience, may help other birders visiting the Islands.
Common and not difficult to see in a range of habitats.
Seen only in primary rainforest. The birds will sit still, so the key is to hear the call and then to search carefully trees in the vicinity. Isaki, the guide the Vidawa Forest Hike, located our first bird and this trip is probably the surest way of seeing this species.
Seen on both visits to the Pipeline Road. Initially located in flight on both occasions.
A bird difficult to find. Knowledge of the calls will greatly assist finding this species.
Easily seen in forests. Often sits on exposed branches.
Not difficult to see on Kadavu.
Not difficult to see on Viti Levu.
Noisy and active - not difficult to see.
Common and not difficult to see in open canopy, including gardens.
Noisy and active - not difficult to see.
Not difficult to see along the Pipeline Road where it foraged in small but very noisy parties.
Seen only in the forest above Matana Beach where it foraged at low/medium height.
Common in primary/secondary forest where it forages in parties and is easily located by its rasping call.
A bird difficult to find. Seen only in primary forest.
It is essential to get under the forest canopy to see this bird. The best bet is to take the guided Vidawa Forest Hike.
Common on overhead wires in west Viti Levu.
Unlike the Silvereye seen only in forests. Should not be difficult to see as it forages in noisy parties often mixed with Silvereyes.
European birders familiar with Cetti's Warbler will not be surprised that this close relative is more often heard giving its loud song from dense vegetation than it is seen. Commonly heard in forests but luck and determination will be required to get good views.
Common in small parties foraging in grassland habitats and gardens, but easily overlooked.
FE designates Fiji endemics
RE designates regional endemics - species endemic to the Oceania region other than Fiji endemics.
IS designates introduced species
1 GREAT FRIGATEBIRD Fregata minor palmerstoni
1 male and 1 possible immature from Garden Island Resort 19th.
2 LESSER FRIGATEBIRD Fregata ariel ariel
5 Seaspray cruise on 27th.
20+ (including one party of 10) from Garden Island Resort and 2 over Matei 19th; 6 from Garden Island Resort on 21st and 4 on 22nd.
2 off Matana Beach 23rd.
3 RED-FOOTED BOOBY Sula sula
1 off Matana Beach 23rd.
4 BROWN BOOBY Sula leucogaster plotus
1 Suva Point 15th & 17th; 11 Seaspray cruise on 27th.
30+ from Garden Island Resort 18th & 19th, 5 on 20th, 10 on 21st and 3 on 22nd.
4 off Matana Beach 23rd.
5 PACIFIC BLACK DUCK Anas superciliosa
30+ Saweni Flats 11th & 1 on 13th; 10 on small pond near hotel 12th & 14th.
6 WHITE-FACED HERON Egretta novaehollandiae novaehollandiae
3 Saweni Flats 11th & 2 on 13th.
7 PACIFIC REEF-EGRET Egretta sacra sacra
Common round the coast with a maximum of 13 at Suva Point on the 17th. 9 Denauru on 27th; 7 Seaspray cruise on 27th. All grey morph except for 3 white morph birds.
2 Garden Island Resort 18th, 1 on 19th and 2 on 21st; 3 near Matei 19th; 1 Lavena 19th. All grey morph. 1 white morph Garden Island Resort 20th.
2 Vunisea 24th.
8 SWAMP HARRIER Circus approximans
Common throughout with up to 5 seen in any one day; 1 Mana Island 27th.
2 Vunisea Forest 24th; 1 Matana Beach 25th.
9 FIJI GOSHAWK (FE) Accipiter rufitorques
1 Nausori Highlands 11th; 1 near Sigatoka 12th; 1 Abaco Road 13th; 1 Colo-i-Suva Forest Park 14th; 1 near Nausori 15th; 1 Raintree Lodge 17th.
1 Vidawa 19th & 20th; 3 Taveuni Estate 21st.
1 Matana Forest 23rd; 1 Vunisea Forest 24th; 1 Vunisea 25th.
10 BUFF-BANDED RAIL Gallirallus philippensis sethsmithi
1 Taveuni Estate 21st.
1 Vunisea 24th.
11 WANDERING TATTLER Heteroscelus incanus
1 Saweni Flats 11th & 13th; 1 Suva Point 17th.
1 near Matei 19th.
12 RUDDY TURNSTONE Arenaria interpres
10 Saweni Flats 11th; 5 Suva Point 15th & 7 on 17th.
13 PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER Pluvialis fulva
6 Suva Point 15th & 12 on 17th.
14 GREAT CRESTED-TERN Sterna bergii cristata
Common in small numbers round the coast and on Seaspray cruise with a maximum of 40 at Suva Point on 17th.
1 Garden Island Resort 19th to 20th, 2 on 21st and 1 on 22nd; 6 near Matei 19th.
2 off Matana Beach 23rd & 24th.
15 BLACK-NAPED TERN Sterna sumatrana
1 Seaspray cruise on 27th
1 Garden Island Resort 20th, 21st and 22nd.
16 BRIDLED TERN Sterna anaethetus
2 Seaspray cruise on 27th
17 FERAL/ROCK DOVE (IS) Columba livia
Present in Suva, Lautoka and larger settlements
Small numbers in Somosomo and larger villages
18 METALLIC PIGEON Columba vitiensis vitiensis
1 Tanoa International Hotel 27th.
1 Des Voeux Peak 21st.
19 SPOTTED DOVE Streptopelia chinensis
Common in lowland areas
1/3 in villages and the Garden Island Resort
20 SHY GROUND-DOVE (RE) Gallicolumba stairi
1 Matana Beach 23rd.
21 ORANGE DOVE (FE) Ptilinopus victor victor
Excellent views of 4 males and 8 others heard on Vidawa Forest Hike 20th; 1 male and 5 females Des Voeux Peak 21st.
22 GOLDEN DOVE (FE) Ptilinopus luteovirens
1 male near Raintree Lodge 15th; single males Pipeline Road 16th & 18th.
23 VELVET DOVE (FE) Ptilinopus layardi
1 male Vunisea Forest 24th.
24 PACIFIC IMPERIAL-PIGEON Ducula pacifica
1 seen and 2 others heard Vidawa Forest Hike 20th;
25 PEALE'S IMPERIAL-PIGEON (FE) Ducula latrans
Common in forest areas
Common in forest areas
5 Matana Forest 23rd and 3 on 25th; 6 Vunisea Forest 24th.
26 RED SHINING-PARROT (RE) Prosopeia tabuensis taviunensis
4 seen and 10 others heard Vidawa Forest Hike 20th; 6 Des Voeux Peak 21st; 8 Taveuni Estate 21st.
27 KADAVU SHINING-PARROT (FE) Prosopeia splendens
5 Matana Beach and Forest 23rd & 3 on 25th; 12 Vunisea Forest 24th.
28 MASKED SHINING-PARROT (FE) Prosopeia personata
Common in forest areas,
29 COLLARED LORY (FE) Phigys solitarius
In the west single birds seen in Nausori Highlands on 11th and at Abaco on 13th.. More common in the east particular in forest areas.
6 Garden Island Resort 18th to 23rd. Common in east coast forests and on Des Voeux Peak.
3 Vunisea 24th; 6 Vunisea Forest 24th.
30 WHITE-RUMPED SWIFTLET (RE) Aerodramus spodiopygius assimilis
Common throughout the island.
Common over east coast forests and over Taveuni Estate but smaller numbers elsewhere.
20 over Matana Forest 23rd and 10 on 25th; 10 over Vunisea Forest 24th.
31 COLLARED KINGFISHER Todirhamphus chloris
Todirhamphus chloris vitiensis
Common in a wide range of habitats including forest
Todirhamphus chloris vitiensis
Common in a wide range of habitats including forest. Maximum together 6 near Vidawa on 18th.
Todirhamphus chloris exima
2 Vunisea 24th.
32 ORANGE-BREASTED MYZOMELA (FE) Myzomela jugularis
Common in all arboreal habitats.
Seen in suitable habitat but less common than in Viti Levu.
Common in Matana Beach and Forest and Vunisea Forest
33 WATTLED HONEYEATER (RE) Foulehaio carunculata
Foulehaio carunculata procerior
Common in wooded areas, extending into hotel gardens
Foulehaio carunculata taviunensis
Common in western forests and on Des Voeux Peak
34 KADAVU HONEYEATER (FE) Xanthotis provocator
5 Matana Beach 22nd, 2 on 24th & 25th; 15+ Matana Beach and Forest 23rd; 4 Vunisea Forest 24th; 3 Matana Forest 25th.
35 GIANT HONEYEATER (FE) Gymnomyza viridis
Gymnomyza viridis brunneirostris
1 Abaco 13th; 10+ Pipeline Road 16th & 18th; 1 Colo-i-Suva Forest Park 16th; 1 Raintree Lodge 17th; 2 Waterfall Track 17th.
Gymnomyza viridis viridis
4 Vidawa Forest Hike 20th; 2 Des Voeux Peak 21st. Birds on Taveuni very much quieter than those on Viti Levu.
36 SCARLET ROBIN Petroica multicolor
Petroica multicolor kleinschmidti
1 Abaco 13th; 2 Colo-i-Suva Forest Park 14th.
Petroica multicolor taveunensis
3 Des Voeux Peak 21st.
Petroica multicolor becki
4 Matana Forest 23rd & 1 on 25th.
37 GOLDEN WHISTLER Pachycephala pectoralis
Pachycephala pectoralis graeffi
Fairly common in forests but heard more often than seen.
Pachycephala pectoralis torquata
Fairly common in forests but as in Viti Levu heard more often than seen.
Pachycephala pectoralis kandavensis
3 Matana Forest 23rd & 2 on 25th; 2 Vunisea Forest 24th.
38 STREAKED FANTAIL (RE) Rhipidura spilodera
Rhipidura spilodera layardi
Common in forest areas
Rhipidura spilodera rufilatralis
Common in forest areas but not as confined to the sub canopy as Viti Levu with some birds foraging in the substage thus making them easier to see.
39 KADAVU FANTAIL (FE) Rhipidura personata
1 Matana Forest 23rd & 2 on 25th.
40 SLATY MONARCH (FE) Mayrornis lessoni lessoni
Common in forests
Seen daily in forests but appeared less common than in Viti Levu
10 Matana Forest 23rd & 3 on 25th; 4 Vunisea Forest 24th.
41 FIJI SHRIKEBILL (RE) Clytorhynchus vitiensis
Clytorhynchus vitiensis vitiensis
1 Colo-i-Suva Forest Park 16th; 1 Waterfall Track 17th.
Clytorhynchus vitiensis layardi
1 Lavena Coastal Walk 19th.
Clytorhynchus vitiensis compressirostris
1 Matana Forest 23rd & 25th.
42 BLACK-THROATED SHRIKEBILL (RE) Clytorhynchus nigrogularis nigrogularis
1 male Pipeline Road 16th.
1 female Matana Forest 25th. Very heavy black bill and larger than Kadavu Honeyeater seen close by.
43 VANIKORO FLYCATCHER (RE) Myiagra vanikorensis
Myiagra vanikorensis rufiventris
Common and often confiding species
Myiagra vanikorensis rufiventris
Seen daily in small numbers.
Myiagra vanikorensis kandavensis
10+ Matana Beach and Forest 23rd; 2 Vunisea Forest 24th.
44 BLUE-CRESTED FLYCATCHER (FE) Myiagra azureocapilla
Myiagra azureocapilla whitneyi
1 male Waterfall Track 17th.
Myiagra azureocapilla azureapilla
1 male Des Voeux Peak 21st.
45 SILKTAIL (FE) Lamprolia victoriae victoriae
3 (1 adult 2 immatures) Vidawa Forest Hike 20th; 2 immatures Des Voeux Peak 21st.
46 FIJI WOODSWALLOW (FE) Artamus mentalis
Common in all lowland areas but scarcer in forests.
1 near Vidawa 20th; 1 Vidawa Forest 20th; 1 near Matei 22nd.
47 POLYNESIAN TRILLER (RE) Lalage maculosa
Lalage maculosa pumila
Common in a wide range of habitats from the hotel gardens to highland forests.
Lalage maculosa woodi
4 Vidawa Forest 20th; 2 Des Voeux Peak 21st; 1 Garden Island Resort 22nd.
Lalage maculosa soror
2 Matana Forest 23rd; 6 Vunisea Forest 24th.
48 AUSTRALASIAN MAGPIE (IS) Gymnorhina tibicen
2 Bouma 20th; 2 Taveuni Estate 21st.
49 ISLAND THRUSH Turdus poliocephalus
Turdus poliocephalus tempesti
5 Des Voeux Peak 21st.
Turdus poliocephalus ruficeps
1 Vunisea Forest 24th.
50 POLYNESIAN STARLING (RE) Aplonis tabuensis vitienis
2 Taveuni Estate 21st; 2 Garden Island Resort 22nd.
1 Vunisea Forest 24th.
51 COMMON MYNA (IS) Acridotheres tristis
Abundant in all lowland areas
Common in lowland areas
52 JUNGLE MYNA (IS) Acridotheres fuscus
Common but easily overlooked in mixed flocks with Common Myna. Seen at higher altitudes than that species.
Common in lowland areas.
53 PACIFIC SWALLOW Hirundo tahitica subfusca
Common with maximum flock of 30 at small pond near Anchorage Beach Hotel.
1 or 2 seen daily.
2 Matana Beach 23rd & 24th; 2 Vunisea airport 24th; 1 Vunisea Forest 24th.
54 RED-VENTED BULBUL (IS) Pycnonotus cafer
Common in a wide range of habitats.
55 SILVER-EYE Zosterops lateralis flaviceps
Fairly common in wooded habitats, not restricted to forests
4 Matana Forest 23rd; 10 Vunisea Forest 24th.
56 LAYARD'S WHITE-EYE (FE) Zosterops explorator
Restricted to forest habitats where it was fairly common.
5 Vidawa Forest 20th.
3 Matana Forest 23rd; 20+ Vunisea Forest 24th.
57 FIJI BUSH-WARBLER (FE) Cettia ruficapilla
Cettia ruficapilla badiceps
Commonly heard in forest but difficult to see. Excellent views obtained of one bird in Colo-i-Suva Forest Park.
Cettia ruficapilla funebris
Heard in all forest areas but only fleeting views obtained.
Cettia ruficapilla ruficapilla
Good views of two birds in Matana Forest 23rd & 2 singing 25th.
58 RED AVADAVAT (IS) Amandava amandava
Small numbers seen in grassland habitats.
3 near Matana Beach 23rd.
59 FIJI PARROTFINCH (FE) Erythrura pealii
Small numbers seen in grassland habitats.