Maui Alauahio

Paroreomyza montana

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fringilline & Cardueline Finches (Fringillidae)

Code 4

MAAL

Code 6

PARMON

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Endangered

The Maui Alauahio is a small Hawaiian Honeycreeper endemic to the island of Maui. It forages for invertebrates and nectar in forest and scrub above 3,000 feet on the slopes of Haleakala Volcano. This species was formerly common on Maui and Lanai but has disappeared from many areas due to habitat destruction, avian malaria, and habitat degradation caused by introduced ungulates. It is believed to have a population of around 15,000 to 30,000 individuals and has been given a conservation rating of Endangered by the IUCN.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Maui Alauahio: This small songbird has a mostly yellow head and underparts and an olive crown and upperparts. It has olive-gray edging to the feathers in the wing and tail. Medium length, sharp, fine gray-black bill, with buff lower mandible; medium length wings and notched tail. Female is similar in pattern, but all colors are muted. Feeds on a variety of arthropods. Direct, undulating flight.

 

Range and Habitat

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Maui Alauahio SONGS AND CALLS

Maui Alauahio D1

Call is a repeated loud "cheek".

Maui Alauahio D2

Song is a series of whistled phrases.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Whichy-wheezee-whurdy-whiew"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of honeycreepers are collectively known as a "hive" of honeycreepers.
  • The Maui Alauahio has also been called the Maui Nui Alauahio to reflect its historical distribution on Lanai, another island in the Maui archipelago.
  • The Maui Alauahio is a nucleus species of mixed flocks.
  • This is the only Hawaiian Honeycreeper for which nest helping behavior has been documented; yearling birds bring food to the female and nestlings.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP HAWAII

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

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Chris Vest

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X