Vatu-i-Ra Island in Ra could very well be the last bastion of hope in bringing up the numbers of the threatened petrel, locally known as the kacau ni Gau.
Vatu-i-Ra Island was declared an important bird area by bird conservation organisation Birdlife International and is home to nine bird species.
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The island traditionally belongs to the villagers of Nasau in Ra. Nasau villager Akuila Qionibaravi explains they are hoping the kacau will come to nest there.
"Birdlife International installed a solar powered machine to imitate the call of the kacau from six in the night to six in the morning, as this is when the kacau is out flying," he said.
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Mr Qionibaravi said there were in-built underground nesting sites by the machine to encourage the kacau to nest on the island.
He said the island had been cleared of rats and other pests that were posing a threat to birdlife thus ensuring safe breeding environment for birds.
More information on the Fiji petrel (Pseudobulweria macgillivrayi):