Hawaiian honeycreeper

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Hawai′ian hon′eycreeper

any of various finches of the subfamily Drepanidinae, native to the Hawaiian Islands, and including a number of very rare and extinct species.
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Noun1.Hawaiian honeycreeper - small to medium-sized finches of the Hawaiian islandsHawaiian honeycreeper - small to medium-sized finches of the Hawaiian islands
finch - any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
Drepanididae, family Drepanididae - Hawaiian honeycreepers
mamo - black honeycreepers with yellow feathers around the tail; now extinct
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Ornithologists consider them a subfamily, Drepanidinae, of Fringillidae, the finch family.
Annual epizootics of avian pox (Avipoxvirus) and avian malaria (Plasmodium relictum) likely led to the extinction of some species and continue to impact populations of susceptible Hawaiian honeycreepers (Drepanidinae).
Perhaps the most spectacular of Hawai'i's endemic avifauna is the subfamily of Honeycreepers (Drepanidinae).