Ever since it was first described to scientific community in 1893, the Kiwikiu was known as a rare species and its continued existence is precarious. Find out what is being done to save this special creature from extinction.
The long-term persistence of Kiwikiu and other native forest birds requires more habitat. MFBRP and its partners are hard at work to enhance and restore native forest on the leeward slopes of Haleakalā so these birds can have more room to live and grow.
Hawai‘i’s birds have somewhat of a unique threat, non-native avian diseases. Common throughout the world and usually benign, avian malaria was not known to the immune systems of Hawai‘i’s honeycreepers who’s populations have been decimated by this and other diseases.