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BIRD OF THE WEEK

‘I’IWI

Could a bird this spectacular disappear from the planet? Absolutely, if trends for this once-common Hawaiian honeycreeper continue.

Like so many island species, the ‘I’iwi is beautifully adapted to the plants that share its evolutionary history. Its long, downward-curving bill is specialized for sipping nectar from tubular flowers.

The ‘I’iwi was once one of the most common native forest birds throughout the Hawaiian archipelago, but this stunning honeycreeper has disappeared from most of its former range. One of the issues it faces is climate change.

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