Palila Forest Discovery Trail

California quail (c) Don DeBold

Game Birds


Game birds are a popular hunting animal in this area. Seasons last from November through January each year. Over the past 200 years, various game bird species have been introduced to Hawai‘i for sport hunting; none are native.

Game Bird Native to Year Introduced Sound
Wild Turkey Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) North America 1815
California Quail (c) Yathin sk California Quail (Callipepla californica) Western North America  1855
Chukar (c) Mdf Chukar (Alectoris chukar) Asia and Middle East 1923
Erckel's Francolin (c) Dick Daniels Erckel’s Francolin (Pternistis erckelii)  Ethiopia 1957
Black Francolin Black Francolin (Francolinus francolinus) India 1959

Hawaii Bird Hunting Rules