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The last Kaua'i 'o 'o (Moho braccatus)

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A male Kaua’i ʻōʻō roosts on top of a ʻōhiʻa lehua tree in the high-altitude montane forests of the island Kaua’i during the year 1987. He raises his head and does the signature call his species is known for, a duet between him and a female of his species. Little does he know, multiple factors have brought him down to the last of the Kaua’i ʻōʻō. Invasive species like Polynesian rats, domestic pigs, and mosquitoes that carry deadly diseases and parasites. Destruction of habitat was also a main factor too, these dangers forced the species to go higher up, this decreased their amount of nesting spaces as the trees are not as abundant. A knocking blow is two hurricanes over the years. As he calls, it’s usually expected that when he pauses, his future mate would call back in that pause. This occasion, tragically, no response. His mind cannot process; he may be the last of his kind. His instinct takes over and he keeps calling. He will be recognized as the last Kaua’i ʻōʻō on Earth. Once he dies, his species, genus, and family as a whole will go in history as an extinct lineage. His hollow, erratic, flute-like calls will decease. This, was the last Kaua’i ʻōʻō.

Basically the information about these guys is in the little story on the last male that was recorded in 1987.  Some things that I didn't add were that they were previously regarded as a species of honeyeater, but that has been proven false.  Their chests had white barring, more prominent in females.  Similarly to honeyeaters, they also had slightly curved beaks to sample the nectar from mostly Lobelia species' and the ʻōhiʻa lehua tree's flowers, with the lehua tree providing nesting space also though it has been observed that they forage in lapalapa trees too. 
(Wikipedia) The bird was a cavity nester in the thickly forested canyons of Kauaʻi. It is still believed by some that the species may survive undetected, as the species had already been proclaimed extinct twice: once in the 1940s (later rediscovered in 1950) and again from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, being rediscovered by the wildlife biologist John Sincock. However, it has a loud and distinctive call, and intensive surveys have failed to find any since 1987.

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Image size
5312x2988px 2.35 MB
Shutter Speed
1/24 second
Focal Length
4 mm
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Date Taken
Jun 14, 2020 11:24:14 PM -07:00
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