Hawaii ‘Elepaio

A Hawaii Elepaio searches for bugs on a tree trunk

On my last hike on the Pu’u O’o Trail, off Saddle Road, I’d been busy taking photos of an i’iwi when I noticed this little bird hopping up a tree trunk, probing for insects. It’s an Hawaii ‘elepaio (Chasiempis sandwichensis sandwichensis), a member of the flycatcher family, and endemic to the island. The Hawaii ‘elepaio is one of three ‘elepaio species in Hawaii, the other two being on Oahu and Kauai.


13 thoughts on “Hawaii ‘Elepaio

      1. Forestwood

        Indeed. Just yesterday I saw what I thought for a moment was a red breasted robin by the ocean’s edge, but then worked out it was a swallow. I have not seen one with a red breast before. So fragile yet so strong and quick in their flight.

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  1. kzmcb

    Oh my God. So I first clicked your link to the i’iwi and had an early morning explosion of colour. I imagine they’re easy to follow. But your little sandwich bird has been captured so clearly, who couldn’t admire it.

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