The Matayalo, or Vanikoro Broadbill (Myiagra vanikorensis), is one of the few native birds to fully adapt to man-modified habitats. It can be seen in any habitat from mountain forest to mangroves and is not concerned by human presence. It is an insectivore, and often forages under house eaves, in verandahs or open garages. The Matayalo is a leaf-snatching flycatcher, specialising in taking insects from the underside of leaves on short aerial sallies. It makes its nest of fine fibres, grass stems or rootlets, which it decorates with pieces of lichen, moss or leaf debris, bound with spider webs. In Fiji, the Matayalo is also known as the Solesolewaqa or Tinaniuto.
“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