Palmeria dolei | akohekohe | ʻākohekohe



The critically endangered ʻākohekohe is easily recognized by its destinct tuft of white feathers just above the beak. Body plumage is overall dark with light orange around the eyes, and darker orange on the neck. Like other Hawaiian forest birds, ʻākohekohe feeds primarily on nectar from the ʻōhiʻa tree and can be seen flitting along the canopy in search of flowers. Historicaly, ʻākohekohe is an endemic of Maui and Molokaʻi, though now is found only on the island of Maui. It’s range is restricted to the north and east face of Haleakalā at elevations of over 5,000 feet.