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Po'ouli bird is now extinct

Thursday - January 10, 2019 12:54 pm , Category : Fun Facts

A small songbird native to Hawaii, the Po'ouli, or Black-faced Honeycreeper was in 1970’s . The birds inhabited the southwestern slope of Haleakala volcano . In 1981, its population topped some 150 birds, but saw a decline,  according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and by 1997 there were only three known Po'ouli left. Efforts to mate the remaining birds failed and the species was formally declared extinct.

These beautiful birds became extinct because of the natural environment. Habitat destruction by feral pigs, being hunted by mongooses, cats and rats, mosquito-spread diseases and competition with birds introduced in the area all were factors in the Po'ouli's extinction.


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