Fiji Birds Taveuni Parrot

Birds of a feather

Fiji has a very diverse bird population, and Taveuni plays host to more species than any region of the islands. 

Throughout Fiji 179 different species of bird have been recorded, one of which (the Bar-winged Rail) is now classified as extinct having last been sighted in 1973. Although more than a handful are critically endangered or endangered (most notably the Fiji Petrel and Red-throated Lorikeet) 178 species are still alive and flapping today.

Whether you be en route to one of our world class dive sites, enjoying a spectacular coastal walk, hiking the pristine rain forests, or simply relaxing in the tropical gardens of your chosen resort, then bird enthusiasts and casual observers alike will encounter some of our feathered friends.

At sea and along the shores a variety of terns, noddies, petrels and herons. Inland the common but often amusing mynahs and magpies, endemic parrots and pigeons, kingfishers, frigates and flycatchers, honey eaters, hawks and harriers, swallows, swifts, fantails, silktails, and impossibly coloured doves to name a few. 

At night an owl may fly silently by, or surprise with a screech as it searches for prey whilst the parrots rattle their beaks before bed.

Hiking the protected areas of the Vidawa Rain Forest, Bouma National Park, Lavena Coastal Walk and Des Voeux Peak offer the best opportunities for spotting some of the more exotic or elusive species such as the spectacular Orange Dove and shimmering Silktail.  A 4WD is required for a trip up Des Vouex Peak unless you want to hike the whole way up and down. Guided hikes with knowledgeable locals can usually be arranged through your accommodation, or simply set off on a personal adventure. All the activities mentioned are highly recommended to non-birders also - there's plenty to experience along the way.

Bobby's (Nabongiono) Farm further south is a gentler hike, but the site and the main bird attraction (Orange Dove) was badly affected by Cyclone Winston, so check beforehand on the current status to avoid any disappointment. If you're down that way staying at Paradise Resort you can spot doves, parrots, swallows and honeyeaters from the comfort of your lounger!

Wherever you decide to go do remember to set the alarm clock. The best time to start for any bird watching trip is early morning just as the day is dawning. For the photographers then a minimum 300mm lens is recommended if you want to get good quality photos, and you'll still need to get pretty close for some of the smaller species such as the White-Eye and Sulphur Breasted Honey-eater.

Other recommended links and ressources

 Birds of The Fiji Bush, (2nd Ed) by Fergus Clunie - usually available at airport bookshops

Comprehensive List of Fiji Bird Species: https://dibird.com/territory/fiji/

Jonathan M Wilkins Photography:  https://www.jonnyinfiji.com