The sulphur-breasted myzomela is 10 cm (4 in long). The upperparts are black with a scarlet rump. The underparts are pale yellow-white. The curved bill and feet are black. The male has a scarlet crown.
Distribution and habitat
The sulphur-breasted myzomela is endemic to Fiji, where it is the smallest resident avian species. It breeds on all the islands except Rotuma. It is a familiar bird in gardens as well as rural forest and mangrove habitats, as well as among coconut trees in disturbed areas. Its natural habitats are tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.
The small nest is composed of root fibres and hidden in shrubby vegetation. A clutch of two eggs, pale pink with brown spots, is laid, and are incubated for around 14 days.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Myzomela jugularis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Mercer, Robin (1967). A Field Guide to Fiji Birds. Suva: Government Press. p. 22.
- Steadman DW, Franklin J (2000). (abstract) "A Preliminary Survey of Landbirds on Lakeba, Lau Group, Fiji". Emu 100 (3): 227–35. doi:10.1071/MU9934. Retrieved 2008-06-25.
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