Bird Wrasse

Greek Name: (Gomphosus varius)



The most interesting aspect of this bird is the elongated beak that is utilized to catch large, skinny prey and then hold it in place before breaking it into bite-sized pieces. Females are brownish black and the male variants of green. This is why the male is commonly referred to as the Green Bird Wrasse, and the female is called the Black as well as the Brown Bird Wrasse.

A 125-gallon or greater aquarium with a lot of live rock that provides food and hiding areas makes for a pleasant setting. Since the Bird Wrasse is a “jumper,” a tight fitting lid for the tank is essential. If two Bird Wrasses are to be placed in a tank the female needs to be introduced first.

This marine fishes diet must include vitamin-rich frozen mysis shrimps, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp frozen in brine, and other meaty food items, in addition to the highest quality seafood flake, and marine pellets.

Approximate Size of Purchase: Small: 2″ to 3″; Medium: 3″ to 4″; Large: 4″ to 7″ XLarge: 7″ to 8″


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Care Level




Color Form

Black, Green, Tan



Reef Compatible


Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size



Fiji, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Vanuatu



Minimum Tank

125 gallons


Information about the Bird Wrasse

The bird wrasse is a stunning and intriguing fish. The bird wrasse can be a fantastic fish for beginners so long as it’s supplied with a big enough tank. When in the wild male bird wrasse is found spending its daytime hours looking for food in the reef as well as in channels of sand. At night, it’ll find a suitable crevice within the rocks. When it is in an aquarium, the fish is always moving. It needs plenty of space and make sure there aren’t any gaps within the cover of the aquarium, since this bird may attempt to “fly out” when given the chance. They are extremely durable and resistant to disease.

Additional information


Large, Medium, Small

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