• Scientific Name: Ramphocelus dimidiatus Lafresnaye, 1837
  • Polynesian Names: Vini (Society)
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thraupidae
  • Category: Introduced Birds
  • Location: Society, Central and Latin America (native)

Apearance and identification

6 inches. The male is bright red with blackish wings and tail at their end. The female is orange, its wings are darker than those of the male. These birds have a lower prominent silver mandible.

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Characteristics

Species native of Central America, it was introduced in 1930-1940 in Tahiti.

Not studied in Polynesia. Young birds can be seen in February.

It gradually colonizes the coastal borders of Tahiti and occupies gardens. Several witnesses, however, have seen these birds living in highland areas.

Strong whistling, repeated several times, “zuit, zuit …”.

Fruits, nectars of flowers and insects.

Location

Species native of Central America, it was introduced in 1930-1940 in Tahiti.

Reproduction

Not studied in Polynesia. Young birds can be seen in February.

Habitat

It gradually colonizes the coastal borders of Tahiti and occupies gardens. Several witnesses, however, have seen these birds living in highland areas.

Voice

Strong whistling, repeated several times, “zuit, zuit …”.

Food

Fruits, nectars of flowers and insects.

Status and protection

Introduced in French Polynesia.

The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List.

Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.