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Laysan Finch / ‘ainohu kauo
Scientific name: Telespiza cantans
Hawaiian Name: ‘ainohu kauo
Classification: Phylum: Chordata. Class: Aves.
Status: Reduced populations.
Distribution: Laysan Island, Pearl & Hermes.
The Laysan Finch is common on Laysan Island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. A small purposefully translocated population exists on Pearl & Hermes Reef. It is omnivorous, eating carrion, various invertebrates, seeds, roots, and seabird eggs. They are curious and have no fear of humans.
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