|Honeycreepers have it that they were once finches migrating to Hawaii.
At least 20 types have gone extinct already!
Honeycreepers are also scientifically called I’iwi (ee-EE-vee).
I’iwi’s are one of the Top Ten Endangered species of America!
Adults are basically scarlet with black wings and tail, and a salmon colored bill.
Younger I’iwi’s have a golden plumagewith more spots and a ivy colored bill.
The peculiar song of the Honeycreeper consists of a couple of whistles, the sound of balls dropping in the water, the rubbing of balloons together, and a rusty hinge.
Where on Earth?This bird lives in the beautiful islands of Hawaii. This is where they can blend in with the fruits around them for camouflage. Their feathers are treasured for making feathered caped or headdresses. Their feathers were often plucked from them from an expert called a poe hahai manu, who mixed an adhesive paste made from the sap of a breadfruit tree, smeared it on tree limbs, then caught the stuck birds with fiber nets, nooses or bare hands. If only a feather or two were taken and the bird was to small to eat, the bird or birds were released so the feathers could grow again.
Honeycreeper Adaptations 😉
Tons of animals around the world have gotten used to their environments, that is called adaptation. When animals adapt to a new environment, say a brown rabbit in the white snow, its brown fur changes to white due to its surroundings. But some animals don’t do that. If it were to rain in the desert, all of the desert animals and plants would act differently. The plants would then depend on the sky to give them water and the animals would start to think that the water would stay. Another adaptation would be whether that animal had wings for the tree tops, claws for defending, hard shell for protection, ect. The I’iwi has wings for flying away from predators, claws to grip on the branches of trees, a tail for steering, and a beak for grabbing food. Camouflage is also a great way for adaptation. Take the Purple Honeycreeper for example, since they are purple, they can hide in a bunch of Lavenders. I’iwi’s do the same. They could hide in a bunch of tree fruit!
The Nich or Role in Ecosystem
The honeycreepers role in its ecosystem is to pollinate flowers to help them grow. If they don’t do their role, some of the Hawaiian flowers might die. And we might not have as much resources as we do now. Flowers also mean oxygen for us and animals on earth. But, they also use flowers for their drinks.
The Honeycreepers habitat is in the tropical forests of Hawaii. They were originally in the U.S but people say that they were actually Finches once migrating to Hawaii. But as the Finches lived in the Hawaiian forests, they grew more and more adapted to their surroundings.