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AMERICAN BIRD CONSERVANCY

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Loxops caeruleirostris
POPULATION: 310-1,000
IUCN STATUS: Critically Endangered
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: High-elevation native forests on the island of Kaua‘i

The ‘Akeke‘e, a small Hawaiian honeycreeper, is notable for its asymmetric bill. Its name was likely derived from the Hawaiian word ke’e, meaning “crooked” or “bent.” Its genus name, Loxops, derives from the Greek for “twisted face,” again referring to its crossed bill.

Introduced species, particularly mosquitoes that carry avian malaria and pox, have decimated ‘Akeke‘e and other native birds, including ‘I‘iwi, ‘Akikiki, and Maui Parrotbill.

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