Birds are fascinating

The Red-Crested Cardinal

15 Jun 2021

The red-crested cardinal (scientific name, paroaria coronata) is a cage bird that came to Hawaii from South America in the 1930s. It flies most freely in city parks, golf courses, and other urban areas. Thus, you can find it almost everywhere on the island, except in the Hawaiian archipelago's Big Island.

The Palila

6 May 2021

Loxiodes bailleui or the Palila is one of Hawaii's native honeycreeper bird species. It has a bulbous bill, which is helpful when cracking fruit husks. Because of its whistling call, you'll hear it before it flies to you. Want to see this bird elsewhere? Unfortunately, you can't because it's endemic to Hawaii.

The Hawaiian Goose or Nene

28 Mar 2021

The Hawaiian Goose or Nene is Hawaii's official state bird. Also known by its scientific name, Branta sandvicensis, it is endemic to the Aloha state. It's a favorite target of birders who visit Hawaii. Luckily, severe penalties await anyone aiming to disturb a Nene.

Bird Watching in the Aloha State

Hawaii may not be the first place to spring to mind when it comes to bird watching, but keen ornithologists will find much to enjoy here. This blog aims to cover the unique species found on the islands, including those now on the endangered list. Readers can learn about the Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge, Koke’e State Park, Waikamoi Preserve, and the Enchanted Lake Bird Sanctuary in Kailua. Visitors can expect to find fascinating birds as the Hawaiian stilt, honeycreepers, the Maui parrotbill and white-tailed tropicbirds. There is even an annual Hawaii Island Festival of Birds.