In the canopy above, several types of honeycreepers
, including a crimson Akepa and a green-and-yellow Akiapolaau, flit from flower to flower.
Of 41 species and subspecies of honeycreepers
known since historic times, (5) 17 are thought to be extinct and 14 are federally listed as endangered.
Genetic evidence for the origin and relationships of Hawaiian Honeycreepers
Mostly forest birds, the honeycreepers
evolved from an unidentified finch ancestor into dozens of species.
The goal of this partnership was to establish self-sustaining captive populations of the most endangered of Hawai'i's remaining species of honeycreepers
, thrushes, and a crow as a hedge against extinction and as genetic reservoirs for the eventual reintroduction of these species into habitat that is identified for management and protection.
Resource use, competition and resource availability in Hawaiian honeycreepers
, Ecology 63:1468-1480.
The papers under this topic delve into the relationships of several honeycreepers
and part of the mallard complex.
The plight of the I'iwi is reflective of a larger collapse of Hawai'i's endemic honeycreepers
. Before people came to the islands, there were an estimated 59 species of honeycreeper
among Hawai'i's 113 native bird species.
The flowers of the 'ohi'a lehua are favored by many species of the spectacularly diverse honeycreepers
. Historically, the islands supported at least 51 species of Hawaiian honeycreepers
Researchers warned that the Hawaiian honeycreepers
, a family of brightly colored songbirds, may face extinction in a decade.
Snow BK, Snow DW (1971) The feeding ecology of tanagers and honeycreepers
3), made of an intricate basket weave covered with thousands of bright red feathers of tiny honeycreepers
, laboriously gathered and offered as sacrifices to the chiefs.