Birds (“manu”) are a critical part of any visit to Hawaii—the moment the sun pops over the horizon, the birds go off, alarm clock style, making all kinds of racket until they are sure you are good and awake, settling down to spend their days in a less disruptive way once you’re up.
And in case you think I exaggerate on the morning bird noise, I was delighted to find this video on youtube of a dark, early morning and a shocking amount of bird noise. Just try to sleep through it.
Although we didn’t do any special bird watching events or trips we found lots of different birds in our travels.
Red Crested Cardinal:
Black-crowned Night Heron: (female)
(Auku’u) Black-crowned Night Heron: (male)
And finally, I have to show you the pigeon that walked in the hotel room one morning in hopes of sharing breakfast with us…(he did score some granola for his trouble!)
“One-third of the nation’s endangered birds are in Hawaii. Thirty-one Hawaiian bird species are listed as endangered, more than anywhere else in the country.” Interior Department press release, March. 2009