Welcome! We are now entering Fiji! As you may know, Fiji is a place of great biodiversity. Fiji is 16° 35° S and 20° 40°. It is 2000 miles from Australia. It has 800 islands of which 100 are inhabited. Its population is 771,000, and its capital is Suva. Many marine species on Fiji are rapidly decreasing from fishing methods such as bombing. This is a drastic way of killing fish. Coral reefs are also threatened by this practice.
The Birds on Fiji Island
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Adult falcons are black on their backs with a black head and cheeks. Their undersides are cream with gray and black marks. They have long pointed wings with a long pointed tail. Falcons eat flying foxes and fruit bats. They are very rare.
Yellow Breasted Musk Parrot
They are bright green with a beautiful orange-yellow breast. They are a black mask around the eyes and beak. Their tail and wing edges have a bright blue color. Their diet consist of fruits, flowers, and seeds. They are rare and in danger of extinction.
White Breasted Woodswallow
This bird has black on its topside and white on its underside. It is a strong flier that catches its food in the air. They breed in groups with up to four birds building nest. and caring for the young. They eat insects.
Giant Forest Honeyeater
The entire bird is olive-green. It feeds in the canopy of the forest on nectar, insects and fruit.
The male is one of Fiji’s most beautiful birds. It is unique with slate blue upper parts and an azure crest and cheek. It has black around the eyes. The throat area is chestnut orange and its breast is white. The female has a slate blue head with gray on top. It eats insects.
Birds of Tonga
The sooty tern is black on top and white underneath. It has a long forked tail and a white forehead with a black line running to its beak. It eats small fish and it gets food by diving down and getting it.
The Ruddy Turnstone has bright orange legs with a short neck. It is black on top and white below. It eats insects and marine organisms.