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72. Hawaiian Crow / `alala

Scientific name: Corvus hawaiiensis

Classification: Kingdom: Animalia: Phylum: Chordata. Class: Aves.

Origin: Endemic

Status: Endangered

Distribution: Kona side of the Big Island

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Once common throughout the lowland forests of Kona on the Big Island, the `alala is now known from only a handful of individuals that have been bred in captivity to keep it from going extinct. It feeds on fruits, especially those of the `ie`ie, but is otherwise an opportunistic feeder. diseases and hunting to keep it from eating crops may have led to its reduced numbers.
   Photo ©Hawaii Biological Survey 2006