Breeding ecology of the Hawaii Common Amakihi

Author: Van Riper, Charles III
Title: Breeding ecology of the Hawaii Common Amakihi
Periodical: Condor
Year: 1987
Volume: 89
Pages: 85-102
Subject: Hawaii Amakihi
Hemignathus virens
Breeding biology
Clutch size
Territoriality (zoology)
Summary: The endemic land birds of the Hawaiian archipelago provide one of the most striking examples of insular adaptive radiation and convergent evolution. However, despite this fact, very little intensive behavioral field work has been done on this group of birds. Described as an olive-green Creeper, the Hawaii Common Amakihi, (Hemignathus virens), one of which is an endemic land bird, has been placed in several genera (Himatione, Chlorodrepanis, Loxops), with the most recent being the Hemignathus. In addition, four subspecies are recognized from the island of Hawaii, Kauai, Oahu, and Maui. In an effort to obtain much needed base-line information on the breeding ecology of this unique group of Hawaiian birds, the author conducted a study of the Hawaii Common Amakihi from 1970 through 1981 when the ecology and breeding biology of this bird species was studied on Mauna Kea, on the island of Hawaii.
Label: Birds - General
Date: 1987
Database: Periodicals

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