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Hawaii akepa

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

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 ...
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Hawaii creeper

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

The ʻalawī is an endangered insect eater endemic to high-elevation forests on Hawaiʻi Island. It may look similar to ʻamakihi, with its greenish-yellowish-grey body and 5-inch length, but has a straighter and more pointed bill to probe through bark, a behavior that led to its English name of Hawaiʻi creeper. ʻAlawī also have a more ...
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Hawaii amakihi

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The most common native bird, the ʻamakihi is an adaptable bird in a changing landscape. A small greenish-yellowish-grayish bird at 4 ½ inches, they flit about the trees sipping nectar and catching insects in almost every type of Hawaiian forest. While avian malaria is decimating other native bird species, the amakihi appears to be adapting, ...
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akiapolaau

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A rare treat to spot, the ʻakiapōlāʻau is the swiss-army knife of the Hawaiian forest. Sometimes referred to as Hawaiʻi’s version of the woodpecker, these 5-inch yellow and olive birds have a unusual bills that allows them to raise their upper bill and use the stout lower bill to peck into the wood of trees. ...
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iiwi

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

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 ...
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apapane

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

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 ...
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palila

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

One of the largest of Hawaiʻi’s forest birds at 6-inches in length, the palila is unmistakable with it’s bright yellow head and gray back with light gray belly. They are found only on the southwest slopes of Mauna Kea where they feed almost exclusively on immature green mamane bean pods. These pods are extremely toxic, ...
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omao

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

The ʻōmaʻo is one of only two remaining species of native thrush (the other being the endangered puaiohi of Kauaʻi) that were once common throughout Hawaiʻi. They eat fruit and play a role in spreading native plants throughout the forest. Mysteriously, they have not been seen in the Kona and Kohala areas of Hawaiʻi Island ...
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Hawaii elepaio

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

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 ...
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Hawaiian short-eared owl

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

The majestic pueo is Hawaiʻi’s endemic owl. At about 15-inches tall, they are brown and beige with dark brown streaks and piercing yellow eyes. Unlike other owls, you’ll see pueo hunting during the day in open pastures and forests. Their exciting chase is punctuated with a hover over their prey of mice, insects, or birds ...
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black noddy

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

Noio are an endemic subspecies of black noddy and are present year-round in Hawaiʻi. They are often observed near sea cliffs when breeding. Their breeding season is variable, but many birds begin to nest on ocean cliff ledges and caves in late spring. Noio are 14 inches long with a 28 inch wingspan. Their feathers ...
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Hawaiian black-necked stilt

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

The aeʻo, or Hawaiian black-necked stilt, is easy to spot with their long pink legs, and black and white feather colors. Though endangered, they are often seen at their favorite ponds and mudflats feeding on fish, crabs, worms and aquatic insects. Though only 15 inches in length, they have the longest legs of any bird, ...
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Hawaiian coot

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

The ʻalae keʻokeʻo, or Hawaiian coot, are charming 14-inch water birds. Their black body and white beak and forehead stand out as they coast along the water. Occasionally, some will have a reddish forehead and dark peak. Found in open marshes and ponds, you’ll see dip their head in the water in search of small ...
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Hawaiian hawk

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

Not many birds are as graceful and stately as the native ʻio, or Hawaiian hawk, seen soaring over fields, forest edges, and even towns. ʻIo are between 16-18 inches long, males are smaller than females. There are two major color phases that can be observed: dark phase birds are dark brown throughout; and light phase ...
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Newell’s shearwater

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

The ʻaʻo, or Newell’s shearwater, is closely related to the Townsend’s Shearwater of the Galapagos. This small shearwater is black above, white below and has white “saddlebags” that come up near its hips. It was estimated that there were 19,000 breeding pairs in the 1980s but their population is in steep decline and it estimate ...
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