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Chlorodrepanis virens

The Hawaii ‘amakihi (Chlorodrepanis virens), also known as the common ʻamakihi, is a species of Hawaiian honeycreeper. This bird lives on the Big Island, Maui, and Molokai. One of the most common honeycreepers, it occupies all types of habitat—at elevations from sea level to 8,000 feet (2,400 m).

Though this bird measures only about 10 centimetres (3.9 in), it boasts a powerful voice. It’s short chirps, aki, ki, ki, a, can be heard over a mile away. Meanwhile, it’s a charming little bird. It’s yellow-green plumage flashes in the trees, and it’s small black bill matches its brown eyes with black pupils.

This bird eats a wide diet. That’s because it has a tubular tongue, which it uses to drink nectar from flowers such as those of the ‘ōhi’a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha), ‘ākala (Rubus hawaiensis), and māmane (Sophora chrysophylla). If necessary, it will suck juice from fruits. It also hunts for spiders and insects among trees and shrubs.

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