Native Birds

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Wikimedia Commons

Climate change is affecting the food supply of Hawaiʻi's native and non-native bird species.

Rich Downs / Hui Manu O Kū

Natives are recolonizing urban Honolulu. Native birds, that is. The white tern or Manu O Kū is thriving in Hawaiʻi’s most populous city, and so is its fan base – the Hui Manu O Kū. HPR reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi joined a group of white tern enthusiasts on a bird expedition in downtown Honolulu.

Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit at UH
Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit at UH

The Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has completed work on a 5 mile fence to protect native birds from feral animals, especially cats.  Around 75 pairs of the endangered Hawaiian petrel live on Hawai‘i Island… and make their nests in lava rock burrows.  Parents take turns incubating a single egg, and sometimes forage for food in very distant places.  Jessica Ferracane is the Public Affairs Officer for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Flickr / Starr Environmental
Flickr / Starr Environmental

A national environmental group is worried that bright lights at a Kaua‘i military base are harming the island’s native seabirds. The Center for Biological Diversity is seeking legal action after more than 120 endangered shearwaters and petrels were harmed or killed by artificial light at Kōke‘e Air Force Base over a two-week period last year. 

The Newell’s shearwater spends most of the day burrowed in the mountains of Kaua‘i. It’s not until the sun goes down that the endangered seabirds take flight. Shrouded in darkness, it’s hard to see them. But you can definitely hear them.

Wikipedia
Wikipedia

The Palila bird is a small, unassuming bird with a magnificent golden crown and breast.  Despite it's modest size, it is royalty among native species and an icon for bird conservation in the Hawaiian Islands.

Christopher Phillips explains...

US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Fish & Wildlife Service

nce described as the most common native land bird to be found on the island, the Oʻahu ʻelepaio has now become an endangered species. Through the Endangered Species Act, five areas of critical habitat have been designated for the bird.

Christopher Phillips explains...

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Wikipedia

The breeding cycle of the Hawaiian Hawk leaves it vulnerable to the decline that is faced by raptors the world over. The Io is now the subject of intense study by conservationists seeking to better understand the bird itself, its breeding habits, survival, and populations.

Christopher Phillips explains...

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Wikipedia

What happens when two species humans are acting to preserve clash head on? This is the case with the Alala, the Hawaiian Crow, and the Io, the Hawaiian Hawk.

Christopher Phillips explains...

US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Fish & Wildlife Service

The Pueo, sometimes called the Hawaiian owl, are an endangered species on Oʻahu, where they are threatened by ground-based predators and urban development, including light pollution. The Hakalau Forest on the windward slope of Mauna Kea provides a safe habitat for the Pueo to make a comeback.

Christopher Phillips explains...

ʻIʻiwi

Feb 3, 2016
www.mauiforestbirds.org
www.mauiforestbirds.org.

The ʻiʻiwi is one of the most remarkable examples of evolutionary adaptation in the Hawaiian islands. Once found in abundance on each of the isalnds, it is now extinct on Lanaʻi and facing hardship on Oʻahu and Molokaʻi.

Christopher Phillips explains...

Formed in 1997, the goal of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project is to protect and preserve the numerous endangered birds that inhabit the forests of the island.

Christopher Phillips explains...