Black Mamo

Scientific name: Drepanis funerea

Common Name: Black Mamo, or Perkin's Mamo.

Hawaiian Name(s): O'o nuku'umu, Hoa.

USFWS Status: Extinct.

Distribution: Molokai Island

Last seen: 1907

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Illustration from Rothschild (1893-1900)

R.C.L. Perkins first discovered this beautiful jet-black bird in 1893 in Pelekunu Valley on Molokai, where he said it took the place of the Mamo on Hawaii Island. The last sightings of the bird were in 1907, but they were seen further to the east on the island. A survey on Molokai in 1936 for it failed to find any specimens.

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This page last revised 11 August 2001 by nle