Hawaii Amakihi / Hemignathus virens wilsoni

Appearance: Males are small, bright yellow-green birds with short down-curved bills. Interisland variation of males slight, but immatures and females vary considerably: On Maui, Molokai, and Lanai dull grayish green with greenish wing bars. On Hawaii, greener still, wing bars very indistinct. Female bill is smaller than that of the male.

Habits: Feeds in a variety of ways from sipping nectar to picking over the bark of trees. Often in small flocks. Prefers drier forest types.

a thin zeek. Song a loud trill on level pitch, swelling in intensity in the middle. Also a complex, canary-like whisper song.

Identification: This species is the commonest of the native little green birds in Hawaii. It resembles many other natives as well as the introduced Japanese White-eye. The white-eye is brighter with more yellow-green back, and the prominent white eye-ring will separate it.

Occurrence: Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands with two subspecies on Maui and Hawaii. Probably the most adaptable of the native forest birds. Abundant Hawaii and Maui, locally common on Molokai, extirpated from Lanai. May be found at lower elevations than most other honeycreepers.

Adult Amakihi

Voice: Call notes variable, including a buzzy tzeet, an upslurred queet, and

Juvenile Amakihi
09/04/2007
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