Drepanis coccinea




Fringilline & Cardueline Finches (Fringillidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

White eggs with red-brown markings.

Number of Eggs:

2 - 4

Incubation Days:


Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

Usually near the top of an ohia tree.

Nest Material:

Twigs, lichen, moss, and bark fragments.





Iiwi: A medium-sized honeycreeper, vibrant red plumage overall with black wings and tail. Wings show contrasting white patch on inner secondaries. Salmon-colored bill is long and decurved. Sexes are similar. Legs and feet are pink. Juveniles have ivory or light brown bills and black-tipped, green-yellow to a mustard-yellow feathers that fade to yellow as they age, wings and tail are dark gray with tawny to white feather edgings; tertials are pale gray in place of the adults' white; may show some red on scapulars or face.

Range and Habitat

Iiwi: Large colonies exist on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai, common in wet forests at high elevations. There are fewer than 50 individuals on the lower elevation islands of Oahu and Molokai, and they are now extinct from the island of Lanai. These birds prefer to keep hidden among the leaves.

Breeding and Nesting

Iiwi: The peak breeding season is between February and June. Both sexes aid in the construction of the nest. Two to four white eggs with reddish brown marks are laid in a cup nest of twigs, ferns and lichens built in the crown of the ohia tree. The female incubates the eggs for 14 days. The chicks fledge 21 to 24 days after hatching.

Foraging and Feeding

Iiwi: They feed mostly on the nectar of the Ohia flower, but will also take other nectar and insects from the understory. They are very aggressive, and will chase away smaller species from their feeding trees. They forage mostly in the mid and upper strata of the forest canopy, never on the ground. Most moisture is obtained from nectar, but they also take water from leaf surfaces and flowers.


Iiwi: Song is an unusual collection of whistles, the sound of balls dropping in water, the rubbing of balloons together, and the squeaking of a rusty hinge.

Similar Species

Iiwi: Apapane has a shorter, less curved black bill, is a more crimson color, and has white undertail coverts and lower abdomen.

The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Inner secondariesX
The group of secondary feathers located closest to the body with respect to the outer secondary coverts.
Short feathers in the area where the bird’s back and wings join.
Flight feathers that are attached to the wing in the area similar to the human forearm and between the body and the primaries.
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