Akohekohe

Distribution / Range

This finch is endemic to the island of Maui in Hawai'i. Its natural habitat are wet forests dominated by koa (Acacia koa) and 'ohi'a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) on the windward side of Haleakala; at elevations of 4,200 to 7,100 feet (1,300 to 2,200 m).

 

Description

It is the largest honeycreeper on the island at 6.5 to 7 inches (17 to 18 cm) in length.

The adults are a glossy black with whitish feathers and stripes going down its side. The underparts are whitish black while the top has orange feathers sticking from wings. The feathers behind the eyes are a reddish color, and have a stream of cream colored feathers coming from the eyes.

It has a flashy whitish gold colored feather crest on its head.

Immature birds have a brownish black plumage and lack the orangish feathers of the adults. The legs and bills are a blackish color.

 

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Akohekohe

Akohekohe

Bill Shape
curved
Regions
hawaii
hawaii endemic
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Habitat
Forests
Color
orange
purple-violet
black
Body Shape
perching
Size
small
Order
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
finches - fringillidae
Conservation Status
Critically Endangered
Bird Species