The Hawaiian Islands are renowned in the scientific world for evolving the most spectacular land bird assemblage on a remote oceanic archipelago. Numerous species of theatened or endangered endemic birds can be found in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, including four species of the cherished native honeycreepers, the nēnē or Hawaiian goose, and ʻuaʻu or Hawaiian petrel.

Learn about a few of these special birds below.
Nēnē up close


Honored as the official state bird, this threatened species symbolizes the precarious existence of Hawai‘i's native birdlife

A red apapane bird in a tree

Native Hawaiian Forest Birds

The unique native birds found in the rainforests of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, with audio clips

A hawaiian petrel flying in blue skies


Only 50 to 60 breeding pairs of this endangered native seabird remain in Hawaiʻi

A hawk flying

ʻIo (Hawaiian Hawk)

The only species of hawk native to Hawaii

A fluttering white and black bird in front of a rocky wall

Koaʻe Kea

Also known as the white-tailed tropicbird

Japanese white eye bird in a tree

Dawn Chorus at Kīpuka Kī

Listen to the sounds of morning in a Hawaiian forest. What bird voices do you hear?

Last updated: May 4, 2021

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