Chasiempis sandwichensis | Hawaii elepaio | ʻelepaio

Endemic

Other Names: elepaio

The curious ʻelepaio is a lively bird of the Hawaiian forest. At only 5-inches long, they flit through the forest trees catching insects. A rusty brown body with streaks of chestnut, dark brown, and white, they are distinct when they sit with their tail upright. Listen for their dog-toy-like squeak, “el-e-PAI-o.” Hawaiian canoe makers revered ʻelepaio and followed their movements closely. A tree frequently visited by an ʻelepaio suggested the wood may have an insect infestation.

Hotspots for Hawaii elepaio

Palila Forest Discovery Trail

Dry forest

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Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō Trail

Wet forest

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Kaulana Manu Nature Trail (OPENING 2018)

Wet forest

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Kaūmana Trail

Wet forest

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