Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Rare Hawaiian Honeycreeper
Female Oahu Amakihi, Hemignathus flavus, Oahu, Hawaii. The Oahu Amakihi is a theatened Oahu variant of the Amakahi, one of the few remaining Hawaiian Honeycreepers, nectar-feeding birds endemic to Hawaii. The females are brownish with two wing bars. The males are green. The spread of non-native plants such as the stawberry guava increasingly threatens the plants and flowers that these plants feed and depend upon such as the ohia lehua and the koa. This one is feeding on nectar from the Octopus Tree, another non-native but less invasive species.