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86. Ula-Ai-Hawane

Scientific name: Ciridops anna

Hawaiian Name: Ula-ai-hawane

Classification: Phylum: Chordata. Class: Aves.

Origin: Endemic.

Status: Extinct.

Distribution: Last seen in 1892 on the Big Island.

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Very rare already in the 1800s, not much is known about this strikingly colorful bird or its habits. Its Hawaiian name means "the red bird that eats the fruit of the hawane palm". The few individuals known were found in association with the hawane palm [= loulu ] in the Kona and Hilo districts of the Big Island.

   Illustation from Wilson & Evans' "Aves Hawaiiensis".