Need a break in your day? Whether you're in your car or your kitchen, or still in bed, Manu Minute brings you the rich sounds from Hawai'i's native forests and shorelines. Each week, we feature a different Hawai'i bird and its unique song, and talk about its environment and conservation.
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Manu Minute is a collaboration between HPR and the LOHE Bioacoustics Lab at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. The series is hosted by Patrick Hart, the lab's principal investigator, and produced by HPR's Savannah Harriman-Pote and Ann Tanimoto-Johnson of UH-Hilo.
Manu Minute: The Disappearing 'Akeke'e
The 'akeke'e is a critically endangered native bird that is endemic to Kaua'i. Like many other honeycreepers , they can only be found in high elevation forests, where cool temperatures ward off mosquito populations.
Manu Minute: Cattle Egret, The Elegant Invader
Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for use of their field recordings in today's Manu Minute. The State Department of Agriculture introduced Cattle egrets to Hawai'i in 1959 in order to control fly populations that were harassing cattle herds. But like the non-native Barn owl , the Cattle egret's introduction has had some unintended consequences for native bird species.
Manu Minute: Pueo, The Early Bird
Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for use of their recordings in today's Manu Minute. The Pueo, or Asio flammeus sandwichensis, is one of ten subspecies of the short-eared owl . With the exception of Australia and Antartica, the short-eared owl can be found on every continent and many Pacific islands. Collectively, it has one of the most extensive ranges in the avian world. Like other short-eared owls, our Pueo may move across the landscape following rodent
Manu Minute: The Last Kauaˊi ˊŌˊō
Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for use of their recordings in today's Manu Minute. The Kauaˊi ˊ ō ˊō was once commonplace. Its melodic call of oo-oo, for which it is named, could be heard throughout the subtropical forests of the Garden Isle into the early twentieth century. But by the 1980s, only a single pair of Kauaˊi ˊ ōˊō remained. The male, who likely lost his mate during Hurricane Iwa in 1983, was last recorded in 1987. His solitary song was not
Manu Minute: The Warbling White-Eye
The warbling white-eye is a non-native bird that was introduced to the Hawaiian islands from Japan in the 1920s and '30s. Over the last century, they've become the most abundant bird in the entire state. From a distance, you might mistake a mejiro for a native 'amakihi , as both birds have olive-green plumage. However, the mejiro has a distinctive white circle around its eye, to which it owes its name. The white-eye, or mejiro, can be found at sea level and up to elevations above 10,000 ft, so
Manu Minute: ˊApapane, The Flower Fan
ˊApapane are the most abundant Hawaiian honeycreeper. Scientists estimate that there are over a million individuals throughout the state — about one ˊapapane per person in Hawai‘i. Like the ˊamakihi, ˊapapane appear to be developing a genetic resistance to mosquito-borne avian malaria, which has helped them sustain their numbers. However, they are still vulnerable to habitat loss and predation. ˊApapane can be found on all the main Hawaiian Islands. They are in much lower numbers on Lanaˊi,