The Diriqwala, or Scarlet Robin (Petroica multicolor), is generally encountered at the forest edge or in forest clearings. They get most of their food on darting aerial pursuits of flying insects, but they also descend to the ground or acrobatically pick insects from tree trunks or branches. Diriqwala are inquisitive birds, but beware! They are strongly territorial when nesting—they do not tolerate larger birds near their nests and will even make human observers clearly aware that they are not welcome, with the male darting about flicking his wings and snapping his bill.
“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