Chasiempis sandwichensis | Hawaii elepaio | ʻelepaio


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.