This morning, I sat outside drinking my coffee and listened to the birds. We have A LOT of birds here in Hawaii. They sing almost every morning. They sing LOUD!
I know no more about birds than any 5 year old. It is a yellow one or it has a red head. It is little or big. Hawaii does have many endemic bird and many of those are endangered. But they all sing different songs.
From what I can tell, Hawaiians name there birds based on the sound they make. Kipu, I’iwi, O’o and O’u to name a few. This morning there was a loud singer whose name should be Kokokoku – that’s what he kept saying! It makes it very easy to identify which birds you have. But it is difficult to put the physical description with the sounds. I’ve heard stories of places like Kipahulu (past Hana) where there will be 100’s of birds per tree with many different species.
If you are a bird-watcher, Hawaii is a great place to come. You can observe may sitting on your lanai and even more if you explore the National Parks and the Bird Sanctuaries. There are many birds that are only found in Hawaii but we have many (too many?) imported birds too.