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Fiji Shrikebill

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Subspecies layardiPhoto by Ian_MLavena, Taveuni, Fiji, June 2002
Subspecies layardi
Photo by Ian_M
Lavena, Taveuni, Fiji, June 2002
Clytorhynchus vitiensis


[edit] Identification

A common drab brown/grey bird.

[edit] Distribution

Widespread throughout most of Fiji islands but absent from some smaller islands.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 12 subspecies[1]:

  • C. v. powelli: American Samoa (Tau, Ofu, Olosega and Manua)
  • C. v. brunneus: Fiji (Kandavu, Ono and Vanuakula)
  • C. v. vitiensis:West Fiji Islands
  • C. v. buensis: Fiji (Vanua Levu and Kioa)
  • C. v. layardi: Taveuni (Fiji)
  • C. v. pontifex: West Fiji Islands (Ngamea and Rambi)
  • C. v. wiglesworthi: Rotuma Island (Fiji)
  • C. v. vatuanus: North Lau Archipelago (eastern Fiji Islands)
  • C. v. nesiotes: South Lau Archipelago (eastern Fiji Islands)
  • C. v. heinei: Central Tonga Islands
  • C. v. fortunae: Futuna and Alifi islands (Wallis and Futuna Group)
  • C. v. keppeli: Keppel and Boscawen islands (between Tonga and Samoa)

[edit] Habitat

Primary forest but also found in thick woodland and scrub areas.

[edit] Behaviour

Often seen with feeding groups of several other forest species.

[edit] Diet

Probes and searches for insects and larvae in dead leaves, vines and tree bark.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call: easily identified by the descending single note call.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. BF Member observations

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