Kauai Nukupuu

Kauai Nukupuu by AFC

Hemignathus hanapepe by Susan Fox
(8 in. x 8 in. | Oil | ID#3871)

Family: FRINGILLIDAE | Conservation Status: Critically Endangered | Population Trend: unknown

Artist Statement

The Kauai Nukupu’u (Hemignathus hahapepe) is listed as critically endangered. It was once found all over the island of Kauai and was abundant until the 19th century. There were sightings in the 20th century, but habitat damage from Hurricane Iniki coming after the past destruction of slash and burn farming methods has resulted in no sightings since 1996. I worked from old paintings, engravings and an image with a stuffed skin to try to capture a feeling of the live bird. The background design is based on native Hawaiian kapa barkcloth patterns.

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