A nēne in front of coastal landscape
Nēnē, the official state bird of Hawaii. (NPS Photo/J. Wei)
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 threatened 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 hawk flying

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

A hawaiian petrel flying in blue skies

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

Hawaiian crow in arbory

The history of the Hawaiian crow tells the hardships and successes of every ongoing conservation story.

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: December 6, 2023

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