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Discovered Bird Confirmed As Many-Coloured Fruit Dove

Mr Watling said the same species is found in Tonga and Samoa
16 Jul 2020 11:16
Discovered Bird Confirmed As Many-Coloured Fruit Dove
The many coloured fruit dove. Photo: Manasa Vula

NatureFiji-MareqetiViti Trustee Dick Watling confirmed the colourful bird, whose pictures were being shared on social media on July 12, was in fact a many coloured fruit dove.

“He is a male many-coloured Fruit Dove, usual Fijian name is Kuluvotu; one of Fiji’s most handsome birds,” he said.

Mr Watling said the same species is found in Tonga and Samoa.

“It is a forest and forest-edge bird normally located anywhere the native strangling fig (Baka) and others figs are found,” he said.

“Formerly when there were more Baka along Queen Elizabeth Drive and in the Thurston Gardens, the Kuluvotu was commonly seen in central Suva. Not so today.”

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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