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Silktail Picture
 
 

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SPECIES INFO

The Silktail, Lamprolia victoriae is a small black bird with rounded wings, iridescent metallic blue crown and breast, silky white lower-back patch and white rounded pattern tail. It is the only member of the genus Lamprolia.

Though this beautiful bird looks superficially like a bird of paradise, it is a monarch flycatcher. The Silktail is endemic to forests of Taveuni and Vanua Levu islands of Fiji. While still common on Taveuni, it is rare on Vanua Levu. The diet consists mainly of insects, worms and arthropods.

Due to continuing habitat loss, limited range and declining population, the Silktail is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Vidawa, Taveuni, Fiji Isles (Golden Whistler calling in background)






                                     



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