Scientific name: Dysmorodrepanis munroi.
Common Name: Lana`i Hookbill.
Hawaiian Name(s): --.
USFWS Status: Extinct.
Last seen: 1913
|Illustration by N. Pazant from Wilson Bull. 101: frontispiece (1989).|
Its preferred food is unknown though dissection of the stomach showed it o have fed on native berries. However, it is possible, based on its unique hooked bill and relatively weak jaw musculature, that it may have fed on endemic landsnails. The extinction of snails through human intervention no doubt then led to the reduction in numbers and ultimate extinction of this species.
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This page last revised 11 August 2001 by nle