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  • One of the newly listed birds is the akikiki or Kauai creeper, a small, dark gray and olive honeycreeper in the Alakai Wilderness Preserve that eats insects and spiders. rss feed

  • There are estimated to be fewer than 1,400 'akikiki and fewer than 3,500' akeke'e in 2007.


  • George Fenwick, president of the bird conservation group, called the listing proposal "an important victory for the 'akikiki and' akeke'e, which need every bit of help that they can get."


  • The akikiki lives only on the high, wet slopes of Kauai's highest mountain.


  • The proposal, made on Tuesday by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne includes 45 plants, two Kauai birds - the 'akikiki and' akeke'e - and one Hawaiian picture-wing fly.



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  • Oh, great. As if there were plenty around to punt. ;-)

    Actually, I had a hard time stopping my fingers from continuing the word every time I typed it: akikikikikiki....


    December 21, 2007

  • The name of this bird overwhelms me with the desire to punt one.

    December 20, 2007

  • A quiet, grey-brown bird with a conical, slightly downcurved bill. The akikiki forages slowly along trunks and branches, occasionally among flowers. Found in low numbers along Alaka'i Swamp Trail near Koke'e on Kauai. Recent, unpublished survey data indicate dramatic declines (up to 89% since 1968-1973). In 1992, Hurricane Iniki devastated forests throughout Kauai, and all bird populations on the island appeared to have been drastically reduced, although some have since recovered. The current estimated total population of the akikiki is 1,472.

    December 20, 2007