Himatione sanguinea | apapane | ʻapapane


ʻApapane are perhaps the most abundant native bird on Hawaiʻi island and are often observed in upland native forest. ʻApapane forage for insects, bugs, and nectar in the tree tops, especially in ʻōhiʻa trees. They are famous for their variable repertoire of songs. Adult birds are over 5 inches long with crimson red feathers over most of their bodies. They have black wings and a black tail, with a white stomach and undertail. The bill is black with a slight curve. Young birds are dull brown.