Loxops coccineus | Hawaii akepa | ʻākepa


Males of the Hawaiʻi ʻākepa are unmistakable with their entire body colored blaze orange. Females are a drab yellow/green. This small endemic bird also has a slightly crossed bill that it uses to pry open ʻōhiʻa leaf buds for insect to eat. Restricted to higher wet forests of Hawaiʻi Island, this is the only native bird remaining that nests in tree cavities rather than building its own nest.

The map below shows birding trails where you might see this bird. Learn more by visiting our species profile page for Hawaiʻi ʻākepa.

Native Birds of Hawaiʻi