Body length: Approx 15 cm
16.7 - 19.9 g
Estimated at 605,418 in 2012
prefers wet to mesic forest for breeding but also visits dry areas
Say aloha to an icon. The 'i'iwi is recognized as a symbol of Hawai'i, and was once common on all the main islands of the archipelago. Now found primarily on Kaua'i and Hawai'i island, the honeycreeper would fly long distances to find its favourit blooming flowers. An important pollinator, it uses its long, hooked bill to extract nectar from elaborately shaped flowers. The 'i'iwi defends territory during blooming peaks, but its powerless in the face of avian malaria, introduced predators and habitat degradation.