The Fiji Parrotfinch is a species of estrildid finch endemic to Fiji
that was formerly considered to be a subspecies of the Red-headed
Parrotfinch. This parrotfinch is a small, mainly green bird with a red
head and tail and a stubby dark grey bill. It is found in both forested
and open habitats, and has adapted well to man-made environments such as
grasslands, pasture and gardens. Pairs have a courtship display in which
they fly above the trees in an undulating flight, calling constantly.
Breeding birds build a domed grass nest with a side entrance, and lay a
clutch normally of four white eggs. The Fiji Parrotfinch eats seeds,
especially of grasses, but also readily feeds on insects and nectar. It
forms small flocks of up to six individuals after the breeding season.
Parrotfinches may be predated by indigenous birds of prey such as the
endemic Fiji Goshawk, or by introduced mammals like the small Asian
mongoose, rats and mice, and they may be susceptible to disease.
Nevertheless, the Fiji species, despite being both uncommon and endemic
to one island group, appears to be stable in numbers. It is classified
as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, and it is protected under Fijian
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiji_Parrotfinch>
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