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Hawai‘i’s One-of-a-Variety Bird Variety

Tailored from the Threatened podcast

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    [Palila song]

Hawai‘i is dwelling to many birds discovered nowhere else. In a surprising instance of pure choice, birds known as honeycreepers advanced to fill many various roles in Hawaiian ecosystems. It’s a course of known as adaptive radiation, says Colleen Cole, this system supervisor of the Three Mountain Alliance. 

Colleen Cole: The story of, particularly the adaptive radiation of honeycreepers is the one that ought to blow everyone away. A small flock of some sort of Eurasian finch discovered their technique to these rising islands in the course of the huge Pacific — blown approach off track, from someplace, the small flock of finches discovered their approach right here they usually stayed right here. And that is one species that radiated into dozens of species they usually stuffed each area of interest out there. 

Tragically, many native Hawaiian birds have gone extinct, together with over half of the honeycreepers. The threats they face embody habitat loss, illness, and launched mammal species that prey on them. However some honeycreepers, equivalent to a chook known as the Palila, hold on to survival.

Alex Wang: I believe this can be a saveable species, frankly. 

That is Alex Wang, a wildlife biologist for the state. He says there are methods to guard Palila from hazard. 

Alex Wang: Palila nation up right here, it’d be an ideal place to construct a predator proof fence that’ll hold out cats, mongoose and rats. And if we put that the place Palila are breeding, they’ll have a superb probability to rebound.

Be taught extra about Hawai’i’s birds and the individuals working to save lots of them on the Threatened podcast. Pay attention in your podcast app or at BirdNote.org. I’m Ari Daniel.

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Narrator: Ari Daniel

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