Native Hawaiian Forest Birds of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Omao
'Oma'o

Photo: Jack Jeffery

'Ōma'o

(Myadestes obscurus)
Also known as the Hawaiian Thrush, it occurs only on Hawaii Island in montane rain forests above 3,000 feet. Their diet consists primarily of fruits, and supplemented by invertebrates.
Akiapolaau
Akiapolaau

Photo: Jack Jeffrey

`Akiapōlā`au

(Hemingnathus monroi)
Endangered Hawaiian honeycreeper found in high-elevation forests of the Kahuku unit of the park above the distribution of disease-transmitting mosquitos. Known as the Hawaiian honeycreeper with the "Swiss Army knife beak", the tree-dwelling `Akiapōlā`au moves along branches and twigs, pausing inquisitively to tap or probe the bark and epiphytes with its unique bill. Once it detects a hiding caterpiller or spider, the bird excavates the substrate and extracts the prey with its hooked beak.
Akepa
Hawai'i Akepa

Photo: Jack Jeffrey

Hawai`i Ākepa

(Loxops coccineus coccineus)
Endangered Hawaiian honeycreeper found in high-elevation forests of the Kahuku unit of the park. They use their odd-shaped bills to pry open `ohi`a buds, small seed pods, and galls in search of insects and spiders.
Hawaii Creeper
Hawaii Creeper

Photo: Jack Jeffrey

Hawai`i Creeper

(Loxops mana)
Endangered Hawaiian honeycreeper found in high-elevation forests of the Kahuku unit of the park. An active species, feeding nuthatch-like on branches and tree trunks for insects and spiders but sometimes foraging in foliage.
'lo
'lo

Photo: Jack Jeffrey

'lo

(Buteo solitarius)
Widespread on the Island of Hawaii and regularly seen in the park. Also known as the Hawaiian Hawk.

Last updated: April 4, 2018