Drepanis coccinea | iiwi | ʻiʻiwi


Other Names: scarlet honeycreeper

The spectacular ʻiʻiwi is an icon of the Hawaiian forest. With it’s distinctive long curved salmon bill, red feathers, and black wings, they are only 5 ½-inches long. Spot them flitting atop the trees, sipping nectar from the lehua flowers. Their bill has also specially evolved to fit into tubular flowers that in-turn have evolved to match their bill shape. Treasured Hawaiian feather work use red ʻiʻiwi feathers in capes, helmets, and kahili standards. Drab immature ʻiʻiwi are called ʻiʻiwi pōlena.