Sicalis flaveola | saffron finch


Introduced in 1965, saffron finches have expanded to most of Hawaiʻi Island especially in short grassy areas along the coasts and in open lawns. Adults are about 5 ½ inches, yellow in color with some stripes in the chest, black bill, and pink legs. Young birds have some yellow but are mostly gray-brown. Listen for their song as a series of single or double notes with an occasional brief trill.

Hotspots for saffron finch

Keāhole Point

Open Ocean


Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park

Coastal Wetland

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Honua‘ula Forest Reserve (Makāula -‘O‘oma section)

Wet forest


Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a ʻŌhiʻa Trail

Dry forestPasture and grasslands


Waiki‘i (off Old Saddle Road)

Pasture and grasslands


Pu‘u Huluhulu Trail

Dry forest

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Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō Trail

Wet forest

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Kaulana Manu Nature Trail

Wet forest

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Kaūmana Trail

Wet forest

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Wailoa River State Park

Coastal Wetland

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Loko Waka Pond

Coastal Wetland

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