Family Honeyeaters (Meliphagidae)

Least Concern

Kadavu Honeyeater (Meliphacator provocator)


Taxonomy

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

Ptilotis provocator

E. L. Layard

, 1875,

Kandavu Island (= Kadavu), Fiji

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60433 on 15 December 2019).