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SPECIES INFO

The Orange-breasted Myzomela (Myzomela jugularis), or Orange-breasted Honeyeater, is a species of bird in the Meliphagidae family. It is endemic to Fiji, where it is the smallest resident avian species. It breeds on all the islands except Rotuma.

Its natural habitats are tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

Description male, Caqalai Island, Ovalau, Fiji Isles

The Orange-breasted Myzomela is 10 cm (4 in long). The upperparts are black with a scarlet rump. The underparts are pale yellow-white. The curved bill and feet are black. The male has a scarlet crown.

Habitat

The Orange-breasted Myzomela is endemic to Fiji, where it is the smallest resident avian species. It breeds on all the islands except Rotuma. It is a familiar bird in gardens as well as rural forest and mangrove habitats, as well as among coconut trees in disturbed areas.

Breeding

The small nest is composed of root fibres and hidden in shrubby vegetation. A clutch of two eggs, pale pink with brown spots, is laid, and are incubated for around 14 days.

male, De Voeux Peak, Taveuni, Fiji Isles





                                     



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