Puaiohi, Small Kauai Thrush
Myadestes palmeri by Kathy Kleinsteiber(8 in. x 8 in. | Acrylic on Board | ID#3966)
Family: TURDIDAE | Conservation Status: Critically Endangered | Population Trend: stable
The Puaiohi is a small, critically endangered thrush that lives only in a very limited area on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Its name comes from the sound of the song the male sings at twilight. Introduced mammals, especially rats, are a major threat to this species. Rodent control and a captive breeding program have been helpful. Many captive-bred individuals have been released into the wild, increasing the population.
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