Apapne birds, the Hawaiian honeycreeper
, sing loudly, chirping and whistling, from the trees.
The locals: The Hawaiian honeycreeper
sports crimson feathers and a curved black beak, while Hawaiian Hawksbill turtles use the remote beaches to lay their eggs.
Some of the species in question that will get a closer look--and which CBD hopes are "fast-tracked" for protection--include the walrus, the wolverine, the Mexican gray wolf, the New England cottontail rabbit, three species of sage grouse, the scarlet Hawaiian honeycreeper
('I'iwi), the California golden trout, the Rio Grande cutthroat trout and the Miami blue butterfly, among others.
One example is the po'ouli (Melamprosops phaeosoma), a Hawaiian honeycreeper
. This forest bird species has not been seen since 2004, and biologists do not know if it survives.
Already, 21 species have been lost, according to BirdLife, from the Hawaiian honeycreeper
Poo-uli to Brazil's Spixs Macaw.
Today, birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts can expect to spot the scarlet-colored Hawaiian honeycreeper
, endangered goose called "nene," King Kamehameha butterflies, or even elusive Hawaiian hawks.
This Hawaiian honeycreeper
, whose name means "black-faced," survives only in a few hundred acres of nearly impenetrable rain forest on the windward side of Maui's Haleakala Crater.
The optional climb to view the island of Niihau actually feels good, and at a rest break for cold drinks you may be treated to songs from a half-dozen different birds, including the 'Anianiau, a small, green native Hawaiian honeycreeper
For more than a decade, taxonomists had classified this chunky, short-tailed bird as part of the Hawaiian honeycreeper
family, which gives off an odor resembling that of a musty canvas tent.
Historically, the islands supported at least 51 species of Hawaiian honeycreepers
. In the isolated habitats of the islands, these birds adapted from a single finch species to exploit different habitats.