Fifteen Birds We Want to See in Hawaii

In May, Stacia and I will be honeymooning in the island state of Hawaii. We will be splitting time between two islands, Kaua’i and Hawai’i (the “Big Island”). While birding will be a limited part of our trip, there are certain birds we would love to find. Here are the top 15:

1. I’iwi
'I'iwi on native mint - Hakalau Forest NWR
USFWS Pacific

2. Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis)

Laysan albatross, Credit USFWS Chris Swenson
USFWS Headquarters

3. Hawaiian Petrel

4. Palila (Loxioides bailleui)
perching endangered palila
TurasPhoto

5. Kauai Amakihi (Hemignatus kauaiensis) [Kaua’i ‘Amakihi]

6. Akikiki (Oreomystis bairdi)
[Kauai Creeper]

7. Anianiau (Hemignathus parvus)

8. Hawaii Creeper (Oreomystis mana)

9. Akekee (Loxops caeruleirostris) [‘Akeke’e]

10. Akepa

11. Nene (Hawaiian Goose) The state bird and endangered species.
Kilauea Point and nene
USFWS Headquarters

12. Omao

13. Puaiohi

14. Elepaio

15. Hawaiian Hawk (Buteo solitarius) [‘Io]
I'o 2
eye of einstein

*Hawaiian Crow (Corvus hawaiiensis)
[‘Alala]

*Only in captivity but would be cool to see regardless.

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