3 Dec 2003

Birdlife Fiji says it could find other birds thought to be extinct

5:14 am on 3 December 2003

Birdlife Fiji, which last week revealed it had found several pairs of a bird thought extinct for 109 years, believes it could find other birds believed to have vanished.

Birdlife found the long legged warbler last week during a University of the South Pacific biodiversity survey of the Wabu Forest Reserve, the highest point on Viti Levu, Fiji's main island.

Vili Masibalavu of Birdlife says they are hoping to find other birds, including the red throated lorikeet which has not been sighted for ten years.

"We also have this barred wing rail which is believed to be extinct from Fiji but we have some unconfirmed sightings and calls from people from places so it's just a matter of going to the bush and try to spend time looking for them."