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`Apapane ~ Himatione sanguinea sanguinea ~ Haleakala National Park ~ Island of Maui ~ Hawaiian Islands ~ The `apapane is a widespread nectivorous honeycreeper. Adults are bright crimson with dark wings and tail and prominent white undertail coverts. The head is usually brighter than the rest of the plumage. Their brush-tipped tongues may protrude, making their bill tips look white. Juveniles are yellow-brown with white undertail coverts. The Laysan subspecies was more orange, with dingy undertail feathers.
`Apapane are found around flowering trees, particularly ohia-lehua. They often perch conspicuously on the outer clusters of flowers to feed on nectar. The tail is characteristically cocked up. Small flocks of `Apapane frequently fly high over forested ridges.
`Apapane have incredibly varied call and songs, including squeaks, whistles, rasping notes, clicking sounds, and melodic trills. Some songs are pleasant and rather canary-like; others are harsh and mechanical sounding.
`Apapane are the most abundant native forest bird in the Hawaiian Islands. They are found on all main islands in mountain forests above 600 m and rarely in the lowlands. They are numerically abundant on Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii; locally common on Oahu, scarce on Molokai, and rare on Lanai. The Laysan form was last seen in 1923.
The Hawaiian Honeycreepers and other native Hawaiian bird species are brilliant & superlative examples of adaptive radiation that naturalist Charles Darwin would’ve marveled over to observe.
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