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The ‘elepaios are three species of monarch flycatcher in the genus Chasiempis. They are endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. Tiny birds, they measure 14 cm long and weigh 12–18 g. One species inhabits the Big Island, another Oahu and the third Kauai. Because they are one of the most adaptable birds of Hawaii, no subspecies is endangered.
The ‘elepaio is the first native bird to sing in the morning and the last to stop at night. It whistles and chatters for contact and alarm calls. Furthermore, it boasts a lovely and distinctive song. This pleasant and rather loud warble sounds like e-le-PAI-o or ele-PAI-o.