Birds and bats of Rotuma, Fiji
|Title||Birds and bats of Rotuma, Fiji|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Cibois, A, Thibault, J-C, Watling, D|
|Type of Article||Full article|
|Keywords||bats, birds, Emballonura, Fiji, Myzomela, Rotuma|
Rotuma, Fiji, is a small and isolated island in the Central Pacific, rarely visited by ornithologists. We present here our own observations on the avifauna, obtained in 1991 and in 2018, completed by previous records obtained since the 19th Century. The main changes on the species composition concern the extirpation of the white-throated pigeon and the settlement of the reef heron. The status of the four endemic landbirds (one species and three subspecies) is good, especially that of the Rotuma myzomela. However, the recent arrival of the common myna (2017–2018) represents a potential threat. We also observed that the Pacific sheath-tailed bat, which was abundant 30 years ago, has probably been extirpated from the island.