If you’ve been out in the Viti Levu bush, you’ve probably heard a sharp, yapping call that is something like a puppy’s bark heard at a distance. It’s actually the call of the male Buneko, or Golden Dove (Chrysoenas luteovirens). Though readily heard, the Buneko is much harder to spot when at rest. Its yellow and green colors blend subtly into the foliage, making it quite difficult to locate even at close quarters. A Buneko nest is exceedingly flimsy, constructed of bare twigs and vine tendrils fairly low down in a thick shrub or amongst a tangle of vines.
“Forests and Biodiversity – Too precious to lose!” is the theme of the upcoming International Day of Forests on March 21. Each day until then, we’ll be sharing information about a different bird highlighted in our special edition playing cards. We hope you enjoy learning more about the precious diversity you can find right here in our Fijian forests! #IntlForestDay #IDOF2020