Since humans arrived, 95 of 142 bird species found nowhere else have become extinct on Hawaii. Thirty-three of Hawaii’s remaining 44 endemic birds are listed under the Endangered Species Act; ten of those have not been seen for decades and are likely extinct.
AKIKIKI A BIRD IN NEED
ABC’s Hawaii Programhas made the conservation of the ‘Akikiki and other forest birds one of itstop priorities.
Troubled Times on the Hawaiian Islands:
Mosquito-borne diseases such as avian malaria and avian pox have decimated‘Akikiki populations. The problem may worsen, asclimate changecould continue to raise the elevation wheremosquitoes can live, furthershrinking this bird’s habitat.