Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Fiji Wattled Honeyeater (Foulehaio taviunensis)


French: Méliphage de Taveuni German: Nordfidschi-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero carunculado de Taveuni
Other common names: Northern Wattled Honeyeater

Ptilotis procerior taviunensis


, 1891,

Taviuni [Taveuni] Island, Fiji


Until recently considered conspecific with F. carunculatus and F. procerior, but differs from former in characters given under that species. Differs from latter in its smaller size (small sample but evidence strong; allow 2); much narrower basal black on moustachial wattle (2); longer, much more exposed distal wattle (2); and narrower black malar line adjoining lower edge of wattle (1). No clear vocal differences#R. Split supported by molecular evidence#R. Monotypic.

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Vanua Levu, Taveuni and associated islets (including Mathuata, Nggamea, Rambi and Yangganga), in NC Fiji.

Descriptive notes

19–21 cm. Adult is largely drab to dark olive above, diffusely mottled blackish on top of head and neck, mantle, back and scapulars, with bare yellow skin extending very... read more


No known differences between this species and F. procerior and F. carunculatus (... read more


Largely confined to mature forest and absent from coconut plantations and secondary vegetation on... read more

Food and feeding

Primarily nectar, but also takes many arthropods, probably more so when breeding, and presumably some soft fruits and berries, as well as... read more


Breeds throughout year, with peaks in Feb–Apr, Jun–Jul and Sept–Oct, and most pairs appear to raise two or more broods in a year.... read more


None known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted range species: present in Fiji EBA. Generally common or abundant. Little-understood variation in distribution and... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Fiji Wattled Honeyeater (Foulehaio taviunensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 27 January 2020).