Thursday, November 11, 2010

Birdlife of Fiji 2004.

Fiji Post has collaborated with Birdlife International Organization released the birdlife stamp series depicted species Longlegged wrabler, Silktail, Pink-billed Parrotfinch, and Red-throated Lorikeet on year 2004.

Long legged warbler,or known  Trichocichl rufa have distinctive are 17 cm in length with a long-tailed secretive warbler of the forest floor. Upper parts rather warm brown with a distinct long fine silvery super-cilium. White throat contrast with buffy-rufous breast-sides and flanks, fading into an off-white belly. Fairly long bluish legs, and medium-short black bill.This species is endemic Viti Levu and Vanua Levu on Fiji. This species was recently rediscovered and has been listed as Endangered because it is estimated to have a very small population, approximately 50 – 249 birds.


The Silktail, Lamprolia victoriae is a small black bird 12cm with rounded long wings, iridescent metallic blue crown and breast, silky white lower-back patch and white rounded pattern of short tail. The Silktail is endemic to forests of Taveuni and Vanua Levu islands of Fiji.  This species is classified as Near Threatened because   declining owing to losses of mature forest through continuing logging, plantation establishment and clearing for agriculture. Population estimated between 16,000 - 28,000 birds.

The Pink-billed ParrotfinchErythrura kleinschmidti , is approximately 11 cm long, robust, greenish finch with outsized bill.It is mainly found in mature, wet forest up to 1,000 m, sometimes found in secondary scrub and plantations. The species has olive-green with black face, bluish crown and nape and red rump. This species is restricted to a single subpopulation on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji and qualifies as Vulnerable because  the population is still small, and declining owing to habitat loss. The population estimated between 2,500-9,999 birds.


The Red-throated Lorikeet or Charmosyna amabilis , has 18 cm long and entirely green but for red cheeks, throat and thighs. Red throat bordered with yellow. Mustard-yellow undertail and tail tips.High-pitched squeaks uttered whilst feeding or in flight.This species qualifies as Critically Endangered lorikeet because a tiny population and continuing to decline as a result of predation from introduced rats and loss of habitat. It is endemic to Fiji and found in the islands of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Ovalau. Population estimated is less than 50 birds.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent write up Autor. A lot of effort behind that post and some really good tips on improving QS – cheers.

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