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Subspecies layardi
Photo by Ian_M
Lavena, Taveuni, Fiji, June 2002
Clytorhynchus vitiensis


A common drab brown/grey bird.


Widespread throughout most of Fiji islands but absent from some smaller islands.



There are 12 subspecies[1]:

  • C. v. powelli: American Samoa (Tau, Ofu, Olosega and Manua)
  • C. v. brunneus: Fiji (Kandavu, Ono and Vanuakula)
  • C. v. vitiensis:West Fiji Islands
  • C. v. buensis: Fiji (Vanua Levu and Kioa)
  • C. v. layardi: Taveuni (Fiji)
  • C. v. pontifex: West Fiji Islands (Ngamea and Rambi)
  • C. v. wiglesworthi: Rotuma Island (Fiji)
  • C. v. vatuanus: North Lau Archipelago (eastern Fiji Islands)
  • C. v. nesiotes: South Lau Archipelago (eastern Fiji Islands)
  • C. v. heinei: Central Tonga Islands
  • C. v. fortunae: Futuna and Alifi islands (Wallis and Futuna Group)
  • C. v. keppeli: Keppel and Boscawen islands (between Tonga and Samoa)


Primary forest but also found in thick woodland and scrub areas.


Often seen with feeding groups of several other forest species.


Probes and searches for insects and larvae in dead leaves, vines and tree bark.


Call: easily identified by the descending single note call.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations

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