Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Kadavu Honeyeater (Meliphacator provocator)


French: Méliphage de Kandavu German: Goldaugen-Honigfresser Spanish: Mielero de Kandavu

Ptilotis provocator

E. L. Layard

, 1875,

Kandavu Island (= Kadavu), Fiji




Kadavu, in S Fiji.

Descriptive notes

16–21 cm. Rather drab, medium-sized honeyeater with moderately long and gently decurved bill. Top of head and hindneck are drab olive-grey, finely spotted or mottled... read more


Variety of mellow whistling calls or loud, ringing Philemon-like calls, or a jumble of... read more


Wide range of habitats, including mature montane and lowland forest, secondary forest, coastal... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly described. Mainly nectar, as well as some arthropods (insects and spiders). Regarded as ecological equivalent of Foulehaio... read more


Poorly known. Three clutches found in Sept, and breeding recorded also in May. Nest a fragile cup, made of fine grasses and rootlets, lined... read more


Presumably sedentary.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Fiji EBA. Described as very common within tiny global range on single island. No estimates of global population... read more

Recommended citation

Higgins, P., Christidis, L. & Ford, H. (2019). Kadavu Honeyeater (Meliphacator provocator). 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 15 December 2019).