Palila Forest Discovery Trail


Hawai‘i ‘Amakihi

Chlorodrepanis virens,


The Hawai‘i ‘Amakihi is one of the most common of the native Hawaiian Honeycreepers.  Even today, the Hawai‘i ‘Amakihi is the most abundant bird in the forrest around you, by far, from any native or non-native species. As a “generalist,” the ‘amakihi finds food from flower nectar (like from the yellow māmane blossoms), insects, and berries. As a result, the species (and its relatives, the Kaua‘i and O‘ahu ‘Amakihi) are found in almost every forest type.

Today, like all Hawaiian forest birds, they are extirpated from areas lower than 3,000 feet because of the spread of mosquito-born avian malaria. However, ‘amakihi have been spotted at lower elevations, so the hope is that they are developing resistance to the disease.