Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Fiji Bush-warbler (Cettia ruficapilla) - HBW 11, p. 592

French: Bouscarle des Fidji German: Fidschibuschsänger Spanish: Cetia de Fiji

Taxonomy: Vitia ruficapilla E. P. Ramsay, 1876, Kadavu, Fiji.
Has sometimes been placed in a separate genus, Vitia, but on basis of voice, egg colour and morphology now included within present genus. Together with C. annae and C. parens (possibly also C. carolinae) probably most closely related to C. diphone; these species appear to be relicts of a single, formerly more widespread species in Indo-Pacific region. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • castaneoptera (Mayr, 1935) - Vanua Levu, in N Fiji.
  • funebris (Mayr, 1935) - Taveuni (NE Fiji).
  • badiceps (Finsch, 1876) - Viti Levu (C Fiji).
  • ruficapilla (E. P. Ramsay, 1876) - Kadavu (S Fiji).