Kadavu Honeyeater

Xanthotis provocator

The Kadavu Honeyeater (Xanthotis provocator) is a species of bird in the Meliphagidae family. It is endemic to the islands of Kadavu in Fiji.

Kadavu HoneyeaterIts natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forestsand tropical mangrove forests.

The bird is described as being fairly large, a bit like Spotted Honeyeater, but with a yellowish green bare skin eye-patch, bordered by light green feathering around the back end of it on the ear coverts.

The Kadavu Honeyeater is dark streaked beneath with a whitish unstreaked central strip, upperparts greenish grey with pale fringes to wing feathers. Loud ringing Friarbird-type calls, the birds liked the tall mangroves along the creek.

Genus formerly subsumed in Meliphaga by some authors. Present species has in the past been placed in genusFoulehaio by some authors; formerly placed also in Meliphacator or Ptilotis, both now defunct. Monotypic.

A fairly featureless honeyeater with streaked drab olive-grey plumage. Both sexes are a dull olive-grey, heavily streaked on the back and underparts.

The pointed black bill is long and slightly downcurved. Surrounding the eye is a conspicuous rosette of bare skin. Voice A wide variety of loud, chiming calls.

Although this species may have a restricted range, it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion.

Hints: Can only be found in any forest and garden area of Kadavu and its offshore islands.

Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2012) Species factsheet: Xanthotis provocator.


Kadavu Honeyeater Xanthotis provocator

Kadavu Honeyeater Xanthotis provocator

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