Thursday, July 23, 2020

BIRDS SEEN IN HAWAII, DECEMBER 2008

More good memories of our trip to Honolulu in December 2008.

This little bird is the Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus). It was introduced to Oahu in 1929 from Japan. It's a common small bird in the city as well as the forest.
It nests from February to November. The nest is a small cup of woven fibers and grass. The eggs incubate for 11 days and then fledge after 9 or 10 days.

The Warbling White-eye at a distance looks very similar to the native Amaki'i. It's easily distinguished however, by the white circle around the eye. The Amaki'i has a black circle.


Common Waxbill(Estrilda astrild)
The Common Waxbill is only found on Oahu. It was introduced from Africa sometime in the late 1970's. This bird is very shy. It travels in large groups of individuals that are most easily recognized by their call as they fly away. The easiest place to see them is in large open grass fields where they are found eating weed seeds.


 The Red-crested Cardinal (Paroaria coronata) Also known as the Brazilian Cardinal, it was introduced around 1930 from South America. It feeds on seeds, plant matter, insects and fruit.
Look for this bird traveling in family groups. If you see a bird with a brown crest and black bill, it's a juvenile. Observe the unique interaction of the juvenile with the parents. Often, the juveniles will wait for the adult to pick up the food and give it to them, even though they are the same size.







42 comments:

  1. These birds are all just gorgeous!! I think my favorite is the Waxbill.

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    1. Thanks Ginny, it's a pretty one that's for sure :)

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  2. Beautiful things - and interesting that they are all introduced rather than native.

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  3. Piękne ptaki , lubię malować ptaki . Dziękuję za podpowiedź moje serce zdobył Kardynałek Czubaty. Miłego dnia:)

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    1. Dziękuję i bardzo serdecznie zapraszamy za pomysł :) Bardzo lubię Wasze obrazy ptaków :)

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  4. Beautiful birds and a lot different than the ones here in the USA. That Cardinal looks like he was a red cardinal and somebody started the paint him black and white and I love the waxwing

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    1. Hi Sandra, yes they are very different. I liked your description of the Cardinal :)

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  5. That red crested cardinal is just a beautiful bird but I like them all.

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    1. Thank you Margaret, the cardinal is very striking :)

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  6. Hello, Denise
    I love these beautiful birds from Hawaii. I wish I paid more attention to the birds when I took my trips to Hawaii. Great photos and memories. Take care, have a happy day!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, I would like to go back one day :) Take care and a happy day to you too.

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    1. Thank you Gosia, he surely is a very pretty bird :)

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  8. Very different birds to see in Hawaii.

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  9. I have seen the cardinals many times, but I don't think I have seen the others here in Hawaii. There are lots of mynah birds, though.

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    1. Thanks Gigi, I remember the Mynah birds well. The waxbill's call can be heard here.

      https://hawaiibirdingtrails.hawaii.gov/bird/common-waxbill/

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  10. Such beautiful birds, lovely to see.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan and all the best to you too :) Happy you enjoyed the birds.

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  11. Lovely bird pictures. My favorite is that fluffy looking cardinal.

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    1. Thank you GGG :) That red head really stands out doesn't it? :)

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  12. Such archives that you have. These photos are amazing!!

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  13. They are gorgeous, Denise, can't even pick a favorite.
    Amalia
    xo

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  14. Such lovely birds! Happy Friday to you!

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    1. Happy Friday to you too Ellen, and thank you :)

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  15. Oh, my, I am so glad you showed these....I hope I don't ever forget that cardinal. They are all beautiful, but it is so very striking.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed them Rose :) The cardinal is very pretty, I agree.

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