Thursday, January 28, 2016
Kalalau Lookout, Koke'e State Park, Waimea, Hawai'i, USA
Member of the Finch Family
§A Hive of Honeycreepers§ (nb. although technically most closely related to finches, the 'Apapane and his compatriats are still collectively referred to as 'Hawaiian Honeycreepers'. In reality, they are not that close to the True Honeycreeper family, although you can see why someone would think so.)
~true bird fact~ While most of the impressively colorful group of birds known as Hawaiian Honeycreepers are threatened by extinction (for the usual reasons), 'Apapane appears to be doing ok for herself. In fact, some groups of 'Apapane appear to be developing resistance to Avian Malaria, one of the bird's most dangerous threats. Great job, 'Apapane, you're really staying ahead of the curve!
~true bird history~ In per-colonisation days the 'Apapane played an important role in Hawaiian feathercraft. His red feathers were used to adorn the ceremonial robes, hats, and leis of the noble class, the Ali'i.
Makes others feel secure with her stable attitude