Maui Nukupuu

Maui Nukupuu by AFC

Hemignathus affinis by Michelle McCune
(8 in. x 8 in. | Oil on canvas | ID#3870)

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

Artist Statement

The Maui nukupu'u (hemignathus affinis) is a Hawaiian honeycreeper endemic to the island of Maui. While common in the early 1900s, this bird has rarely been seen and thought to be extinct in the 1960s. The last confirmed sighting was that of a lone male in 1994. Any remaining population that might exist is likely very tiny. Without further surveys, it has not been declared extinct but rather Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct). Through research of old photos, artistic renderings and museum skins, I depicted this little bird on the symbol for extinction so we might all remember what we have most likely lost.

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