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Range DescriptionErythrura kleinschmidti is endemic to Viti Levu, Fiji, where it has always been considered rare, though may only be unobtrusive and patchily distributed (Clunie 1984). All records are from the wetter centre and east of Viti Levu (N. Bostock in litt. 2000, Watling 2000, D. Watling in litt. 2000), where recent surveys suggest that the species is widespread at low densities (D. Liley in litt. 2005). There have been incidental reports that the species is more frequently encountered than previously (i.e. five years ago) at some sites (Sovi Basin, Monasavu and Tomaniivi), but these are not confirmed (V. Masibalavu in litt. 2012). A provisional population density of 2.8 birds/km2 was recently estimated. The species was recorded at 60% (8/13) of recent survey sites on Viti Levu but these sites were pre-selected to have the densest old-growth forest. A provisional population size of 2,500-10,000 mature individuals has been estimated (G. Dutson in litt. 2005, D. Liley in litt. 2005).