Birds and Birdwatching – Kadavu Island, Fiji

Matava Resort is remote, isolated and only accessible by boat. All 4 Kadavu endemic birds can be seen around the Resort or by a short walk through the bush.

Collared Lory - has Blue head on Kadavu

Collared Lory – has Blue head on Kadavu

Surrounded by dense primary and secondary tropical and sub-tropical rainforest, several village trails lead off the resort grounds providing ideal walks for ornithologists.

Guides are not necessary though advisable if you wish to travel deep into the bush.

Many birds can be seen within the resort grounds. All but two of the following pictures of land birds were taken by me, wandering around the resort with a little digital camera over the past few days. (Apologies for the amateur photography !)

A wide variety of habitats are just a few minutes walk from your bure from dense rain forest to mangrove and reef flats.We can advise guests on the best bird watching spots, and if required provide guides for excursions to the rain forest or mangroves.

See our specialist Birdwatching in Fiji website for the best info…

Endemic Species

Kadavu Island has four species of birds that are found nowhere else in the world.

All four species endemic to Kadavu can be seen in and around the vicinity of Matava Resort. All Fiji’s native birds are protected by law both with respect to capture and confinement and to hunting.

  1. Kadavu Shining (Musk) Parrot (prosopeia splendens)
  2. Kadavu Honeyeater (xanthotis provocator)
  3. Kadavu Fantail (Rhipidura personata)
  4. Whistling Dove (chrysoenas layardi)

Other land bird species found on Kadavu Island

  • Fiji Goshawk, Kadavu

    Fiji Goshawk, Kadavu

    Fiji Goshawk

  • Pacific harrier
  • Banded rail
  • Barn Owl
  • Friendly ground dove
  • Barking pigeon
  • Many coloured fruit dove
  • Collared lory
  • Fiji Bush-warbler
  • Slaty Monarch
  • Vanikoro Broadbill
  • Blue crested broadbill
  • Fiji white-eye
  • Silver-eye
  • Orange-brested myzomela
  • Wattled Honeyeater
  • Fiji parrotfinch
  • Polynesian starling
  • Polynesian Triller
  • Fiji Woodswallow
  • Fan-tailed cuckoo
  • White-rumped Swiftlet
  • Lesser Shrikebill
  • Black-faced Shrikebill
  • Golden Whistler

Sea and shoreline birds often seen from the resort or resort boats:

  • Fiji Petrel

    Fiji Petrel by Hadoram Shirihai

    White-collared Kingfisher

  • Mangrove heron
  • Eastern reef heron
  • Wandering Tattler
  • Pacific black duck

Seashore birds

  • Brown booby
  • Masked booby
  • Red-footed booby
  • Tropicbird
  • Frigatebird
  • Wedge-tailed Shearwater
  • Short-tailed Shearwater
  • Sooty Shearwater
  • Fiji petrel
  • Storm Petrel
  • Black-naped tern
  • Crested tern
  • Grey-backed Tern
  • Brown Noddy


The mongoose was deliberately introduced into the main Fiji islands by G.T. Barker of the Rewa sugar refining company around 1885 to control rats which damage sugar cane. The first noticlible result was the killing off of practically all of the snakes which used to eat the rats…..then the ground nesting birds, terrestrial lizards and frogs were virtually brought to extinction on the main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. The Fiji Petrel for example is extinct on all islands that have the mongoose. Fortunately, the mongoose has not made it to Kadavu island and the only threat to ground nesting birds here is the feral cat.

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