• Nature Conservancy preserves provide vital sanctuaries for Hawaii's many endangered forests birds, but additional support is needed. Now is the time to show how much we care. Photo © Jack Jeffrey
  • Found only Maui, the critically endangered ‘ākohekohe, or crested honeycreeper, is one of Hawaii's largest nectar-feeding birds and the only honeycreeper that bears a crest of feathers on its head. Photo © Jack Jeffrey
  • The ʻakepa is one of Hawaii’s smallest forest birds. Extinct on O’ahu and presumed extinct on Maui, it is now found only in high-elevation, old-growth rainforest on Hawaiʻi Island.  Photo © Jack Jeffrey
  • This small, finch-like bird can only be found on the island of Kaua'i in native, high-elevation rainforest. Recently listed as endangered, the ʻakekeʻe is down to fewer than 4,000 individuals. Photo © Jim Denny
  • An endangered thrush found only on Kauaʻi, the puaiohi nests on steep ravine banks within a 7.6-mile area of the Alakaʻi wilderness. Recent surveys estimate its population to be a mere 200 to 300 individuals. Photo © KFBRP
  • The ʻakiapōlāʻau uses its elaborate two-part beak to extract beetle grubs from the trunks and branches of large trees. Found only on Hawai'i Island, its population is an estimated 1,150 individuals. Photo © Jack Jeffrey
  • The long-term surival of the 'i'iwi is threatened by habitat destruction and avian diseases. Once common to all the islands, it is now found only on the high forest slopes of Kauaʻi, Maui, and Hawaiʻi Island. Photo © Jim Denny
  • Known as the guardian spirit of canoe makers in old Hawaiʻi, the ʻelepaio is still common on Kauaʻi and Hawaiʻi Island but exceedingly rare on Oʻahu. Photo © Eric Vanderwerf
  • Notable for its massive, parrot-like beak, the kiwikiu, or Maui parrotbill, is found only within a range of 19 square miles on the high windward slopes of Maui’s Haleakalā volcano. Its population is an estimated 500 individuals. Photo © MFBRP
  • The ʻalalā, the islands’ only crow, once ranged widely in the native forests of Hawaiʻi Island. Over the last 100 years, however, it suffered dramatic declines and is now extinct in the wild. Photo © Photonet
  • The last safe haven for the ʻakikiki is the high-altitude rainforests of Kauaʻi, where some 1,500 individuals survive. Threatened by avian diseases, the 'akikiki has seen a dramatic contraction of its natural range. Photo © USGS
  • The ‘alauahio, or Maui creeper, was once also found on Lāna‘i and West Maui. Today, it can only been seen at the Conservancy’s Waikamoi Preserve and on the windward slopes of Haleakalā. Photo © Mike Neal –
  • Endemic to Hawaiʻi Island, where it was once widespread, the Hawaiʻi creeper is now endangered due to its small population and extremely fragmented and shrinking range. Photo © USGS
  •  The sub-alpine slopes of Mauna Kea volcano on Hawaiʻi Island have become the last bastion for for the palila, a critically endangered honeycreeper that is dependent on the seeds of the māmane tree for its survival. Photo © KBRC
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Portraits of Hawaii's Vanishing Forest Birds

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