Akikiki

Oreomystis bairdi

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fringilline & Cardueline Finches (Fringillidae)

Code 4

AKIK

Code 6

OREBAI

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Critically Endangered

The Akikiki is a small Hawaiian Honeycreeper endemic to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. It occurs in wet forest between 1,000 and 1,600 meters and is rarely found outside of the Sincock Bog in the Alakai Wilderness Preserve. It forages for small invertebrates by picking them off the bark and leaves of ohia trees. The Akikiki population is believed to number anywhere from 530 to 1,300 individuals and is threatened by avian diseases and introduced species that degrade habitat, compete with Akikikis and prey upon them. This species has been given a conservation rating of Critically Endangered.

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SUMMARY

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Akikiki: This is a small songbird with dark gray upperparts, paler brownish gray underparts and white on the breast and throat. It has a short pointed, pink bill and pink legs and feet. It forages by hopping along tree trunks to find food such as arthropods. It has an undulating flight. The sexes are similar.

 

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Akikiki SONGS AND CALLS

Akikiki D1

Call is a short repeated "sweet".

Akikiki D2

Juvenile begging calls are short, staccato notes.

Similar Sounding

Kauai Amakihi 2

Song is a flat trill, sometimes the first note is higher.


Voice Text

"Sweet sweet, suwheet, suwheet, suwheet!"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of honeycreepers are collectively known as a "hive" of honeycreepers.
  • Hawaiian Air has a Boeing 717-22A airliner named "Akikiki."
  • The Akikiki is also called the Kauai Creeper due to its behavior when foraging.
  • The population has declined more than 64% since 1970.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP HAWAII

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Chris Vest

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