Fiji Nature

Birding Fiji

Fiji is a group of islands in the South Pacific and forms part of Melanesia. The island group is found some 2,000 kilometres to the North East of New Zealand and consists of over 300 islands, of which a third are inhabited. The population is around 900,000 and the Fijians are known to be some of the friendliest people on earth. The three larger islands of Viti Levu, Taveuni and Kadavu host the majority of the endemic bird species found in the island group. Each island has its own menagerie of exciting endemics and near-endemics.

Among mist-draped montane forests one will be treated to such spectacular surprises as Orange Fruit Dove (an almost unbelievable colour!), the enigmatic Silktail, Azure-crested (Blue-crested) Flycatcher (a real humdinger!) and a plethora of other attractive endemics including Fiji Goshawk, Golden and Whistling (Velvet) Fruit Doves, Tongan (Friendly) Ground Dove, Barking (Peale’s) Imperial Pigeon, Collared Lory, Maroon (Red) Shining and Masked Shining Parrots, Polynesian Triller, Fiji Bush Warbler, Slaty Monarch, Vanikoro Flycatcher, Fiji Shrikebill, Fiji Whistler, Fiji (Layard’s) White-eye, Sulphur-breasted (Orange-breasted) Myzomela, Wattled Honeyeater, the spectacular sounding Giant Honeyeater, Fiji Woodswallow, and the handsome red-headed Fiji Parrotfinch. We will also seek out some of Fiji’s most elusive and least-known species including Long-legged Thicketbird (Warbler), Black-throated Shrikebill and Pink-billed Parrotfinch. Of the 149 species to be observed, 27 are endemic to Fiji! 

If weather and sea conditions permit, its suggested totake a pelagic trip out of Taveuni where one might encounter various seabirds including Tahiti Petrel and, with a great deal of luck, perhaps Murphy’s, Kermadec and/or Trinidade (Herald) Petrels.

Fiji is also known for its balmy, sun bleached beaches and snorkeling and diving is superb.

What to See in Fiji


Notable Birds in Fiji (click species name to see related articles)

  • Azure-crested Flycatcher
  • Barking Imperial Pigeon
  • Black-throated Shrikebill
  • Collared Lory
  • Crimson Shining Parrot
  • Fiji Bush Warbler
  • Fiji Goshawk
  • Fiji Parrotfinch
  • Fiji Shrikebill
  • Fiji Wattled Honeyeater
  • Fiji Whistler
  • Fiji White-eye
  • Fiji Woodswallow
  • Giant Honeyeater
  • Golden Fruit Dove
  • Island Thrush
  • Kadavu Fantail
  • Kadavu Honeyeater
  • Kikau
  • Long-legged Thicketbird
  • Many-coloured Fruit Dove
  • Maroon Shining Parrot
  • Masked Shining Parrot
  • Orange Fruit Dove
  • Pacific Robin
  • Pink-billed Parrotfinch
  • Polynesian Starling
  • Polynesian Triller
  • Polynesian Wattled Honeyeater
  • Silktail
  • Slaty Monarch
  • Streaked Fantail
  • Sulphur-breasted Myzomela
  • Tahiti Petrel
  • Tongan Ground Dove
  • Vanikoro Flycatcher
  • Whistling Fruit Dove
  • White-rumped Swiftlet
  • Yellow-billed Honeyeater


Notable Mammals and Other Wildlife

The only mammals native to Fiji are bat species, including Flying Fox, and marine mammals.

Fiji does have a variety of herpetofauna including multiple species of Iguanas, Skinks, and Geckos.


Other Attractions

Fiji is surrounded by fabulous coral reefs that are excellent for snorkeling and diving


Where and When to Go


Nature & Birding Hotspots in Fiji

  • Taveuni Island – Des Voeux Peak
  • Kadavu Island
  • Viti Levu Island


Fiji Birding and Nature Tours

Birding tours in the Southwest Pacific Islands: New Caledonia, Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa with Rockjumper

 


Fiji Ecolodges/Accommodations


Best Time to Go

April-November is the most optimal time to observe the most species


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