Hawaii Amakihi

Hemignathus virens

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fringilline & Cardueline Finches (Fringillidae)

Code 4

HAAM

Code 6

HEMVIR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Hawaii Amakihi has a modest range of approximately twenty thousand to fifty thousand square kilometers. It is native to the United States and to the Hawaiian Islands in particular. This bird prefers forest ecological systems that are subtropical or tropical. The population of the Hawaiian Amakihi has not been determined fully, but the species is not believed to meet population decline criteria that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List and has an evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Hawaii Amakihi: AKA the Common Amakihi. It has olive to yellow-green upperparts and yellow underparts. The lores are black and the bill is black and decurved. The wings and tail are olive-gray and the legs and feet are gray. Flight is strong and direct in the forest canopy; may undulate over long distances. It feeds on nectar, spiders and insects. The female tends to be darker than the male.

 

Range and Habitat

Hawaii Amakihi: Found in Hawaii on the Big Island, Maui, and Moloka?i. It formerly occurred on Lana?i, where it was last seen in 1976. Are considered non-migratory, but some altitudinal movement happens probably due to food availability. Inhabits all types of territory on the islands, including both wet and dry native forests and shrub-lands, at elevations from sea level to 8,000 feet.

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Hawaii Amakihi SONGS AND CALLS

Hawaii Amakihi 1

Upslurred "churee" and whistled call notes.

Hawaii Amakihi 3

Juvenile food begging call is a "cheep".

Similar Sounding

Hawaii Creeper 4

Song is a descending trill.


Voice Text

"Tzeet", "chu-weet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Hawaiian name Amakihi is derived from the word kihi or kihikihi, meaning curved.
  • This honeycreeper is a member of the Finch rather than the Tanager family, where honeycreepers found in Central and South America are currently placed.
  • It is one of the most common honeycreepers, and may be evolving resistance to diseases like Avian Malaria.
  • A group of honeycreepers are collectively known as a "hive" of honeycreepers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Crystal Adams

Artist

Chris Vest

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