Apapane

Himatione sanguinea

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fringilline and Cardueline Finches and Allies (Fringillidae)

Code 4

APAP

Code 6

HIMSAN

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Apapane is a small Hawaiian Honeycreeper native to the Hawaiian Islands. It breeds in wet Hawaiian forests above 3,000 feet in elevation on most of the Hawaiian Islands. This species feeds on nectar from the Ohi'a and other tree species, and gleans invertebrates from foliage in the tops of trees. Nests are placed high in trees although they have also nested in lava tubes and tree cavities. The conservation rating for the Apapane is Least Concern although threats are posed by avian malaria and introduced predators.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Apapane: This is a small songbird with dark red plumage overall, a white vent and underbelly, and black wings and tail. The black bill is medium in length and decurved. It has an undulating flight, alternating several rapid wing beats with wings pulled to the sides. Apapane are primarily nectarivorous but occasionally take insects and spiders. Both sexes look similar.


Range and Habitat

Apapane: Breeds above 3,000 feet in wet, tropical evergreen forests on all of the large Hawaiian Islands. After breeding, wanders in search of flowering trees, and some birds occur down to and below 1,500 feet. Habitat includes mesic and wet forests at elevations above 1,000 meters Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai. Locally common at higher elevations on O'ahu. Endemic to the Hawaiian islands.


Range and Habitat Hawaii

Apapane: Breeds above 3,000 feet in wet, mesic and tropical evergreen forests on Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii. On Ohau, it is locally common at higher elevations. This birds rarely occur on Lanai and Molokai. After breeding, individuals wander in search of flowering trees; some birds occur down to and below 1,500 feet.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"Tweet tweet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A subspecies that occurred on Laysan Island went extinct in 1923 as a result of introduced rabbits denuding the island of vegetation.
  • The Apapane feeds heavily upon nectar from the O'hia tree and is one of its most important pollinators.
  • The Apapane is one of the few Hawaiian Honeycreepers not threatened with extinction and they may be evolving resistance to avian malaria, one of the main threats to members of this subfamily.
  • A group of honeycreepers are collectively known as a "hive" of honeycreepers.

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RANGE MAP HAWAII

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The purpose of this map is to show how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island chains.

Range Map Hawaii for Apapane

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