Thursday, September 24, 2015
Courthouse News Service: Fight Is on to Save Hawaiian Bird Endangered by Development
The Oahu Elepaio, a member of the monarch flycatcher family, is a small, insect-eating bird weighing in at about 12 grams - less than ½ an ounce. It has a dark brown crown and back, white breast with light brown streaks and usually holds its long, tipped tail at an angle.
Native Hawaiian canoe makers viewed it as a guardian spirit that would tell them if a canoe was made of good wood or bad, by either pecking at it or landing on it and singing.
by Larry Geller
The article has background on this bird and others, including some of the history of extinctions in Hawaii. It’s a quick read. Well written. Just the right length. Fight Is on to Save Hawaiian Bird Endangered by Development