To sniff out the undisputed Hawaiian honeycreeper
, Pratt had an assistant place specimens of dead honeycreepers and a Poo-uli in opaque cloth bags.
FOCAL WILDLIFE SPECIES: Hawaiian honeycreepers
and other endangered forest birds
Researchers warned that the Hawaiian honeycreepers
, a family of brightly colored songbirds, may face extinction in a decade.
Smithsonian scientists and collaborators have determined the evolutionary family tree of the Hawaiian honeycreepers
using one of the largest DNA data sets for a group of birds and employing next-generation sequencing methods.
Annual epizootics of avian pox (Avipoxvirus) and avian malaria (Plasmodium relictum) likely led to the extinction of some species and continue to impact populations of susceptible Hawaiian honeycreepers
Among the larger Hawaiian Islands, palila are the sole surviving species of an extraordinary guild of about 21 species of Hawaiian honeycreepers
(an endemic subfamily of finches) that specialized on seeds or small fruits.
the Hawaiian honeycreepers
and tarweeds, Macaronesian sow-thistles and buglosses, Caribbean birds, and Sea of Cortez lizards) might merit full treatment in a second volume.
The endemic passerine avifauna of the Hawaiian Islands, particularly the endemic Hawaiian honeycreepers
(subfamily Drepanidinae) is often heralded as an outstanding example of adaptive radiation, equal to Darwin's finches from the Galapagos Islands in terms of diversity of bill types and number of species that descended from a common founder.
Some Hawaiian honeycreepers
have a highly coevolved relationship with the plants and moth pollinators upon which they feed.
Immunogenetics and Resistance to Avian Malaria in Hawaiian Honeycreepers
(Drepanidinae)" and "Newly Emergent and Future Threats of Alien Species to Pacific Birds and Ecosystems" deal with two of the major current threats facing Hawaiian avifauna.