Monday, May 5, 2014
Creature Feature #198: 'Elepaio
This diminutive monarch flycatcher lives in Hawaii, with three different species on three different islands. He is one of the more adaptable of the Hawaiian natives, although like the others he has suffered from mammalian predation and bird malaria. His name is derived from his warbling song, and he is the first native bird to begin singing in the morning, and the last to stop singing at night. He is bold and curious. His insectivorous nature leads him to associate closely with humans who venture into his forest domain, snatching up the insects dislodged by their activities.