Akohekohe, 'Akohekohe, Crested Honeycreeper
Palmeria dolei by Michelle McCune(8 in. x 8 in. | Oil on canvas | ID#4018)
Family: FRINGILLIDAE | Conservation Status: Critically Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
The Akohekohe (Palmeria dolei), or Crested honeycreeper, is found only on the island of Maui. It is critically endangered with less than 3800 individuals estimated. Habitat destruction by man and non-native hoof stock, mosquito borne diseases, and predation by non-native cats, rats, mongooses, and barn owls are the main threats faced. The wet, high altitude rain forests where it lives have been reduced to 5% of the original range. The Akohekohe was also found on Moloka'i once but is now extinct on that island. Finding references for this rare species of bird was very challenging. I hope with increased knowledge more can be done to save the habitat before the numbers dwindle past saving.
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