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Manu Minute

Need a break in your day? Whether you're in your car or your kitchen, or still in bed, Manu Minute brings you the rich sounds from Hawai'i's native forests and shorelines. Each week, we feature a different Hawai'i bird and its unique song, and talk about its environment and conservation.Trying to identify a bird? Call us on The Conversation's talkback line at 808-792-8217 with your name, where you're from and your email so we can reach you if we have questions.

Manu Minute is a collaboration between HPR and the LOHE Bioacoustics Lab at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. The series is hosted by Patrick Hart, the lab's principal investigator, and produced by HPR's Savannah Harriman-Pote and Ann Tanimoto-Johnson of UH-Hilo.

Latest Episodes
  • We're back to seabirds today! And we've got quite the looker. The koa'e kea is one of the most distinctive birds you can spot in the main Hawaiian islands. Its English name, white-tailed tropicbird, references one of its most notable features — its two long, streaming tail feathers. And you can hear their calls on today's Manu Minute, thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • Calling all backyard farmers! We're looking at humankind's first alarm clock: the moa, or red junglefowl. Common chickens were likely domesticated from red junglefowl in Asia over 8,000 years ago. We've got both here in Hawaiʻi! Listen to the difference in their crows, thanks to Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, on today's Manu Minute.
  • Did you know that Hawaiʻi has Northern mockingbirds? This talented songbird is one of the stars of the bird world in North America — it's even the official bird of five different U.S. states. But it admittedly seems out of place in our islands. Our host Patrick Hart will tell you how they got here and how to find them, and we've got a few of their versatile songs for you as well, thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • We’re back on Big Island today, looking for the native ΄ākepa. And a little bird told us that this vibrant honeycreeper is a favorite of our host, Patrick Hart!
  • We've got two new birds for you today: the red-crested cardinal and the yellow-billed cardinal. We get to hear both of their songs, thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Can you tell the difference?
  • Have you ever seen an ΄alae ke΄oke΄o? It’s our endemic coot! It can be found in wetlands throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Despite its widespread territory, its small population numbers can make this bird hard to find. But we’ve got its call for you today, courtesy of the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • Kalij pheasants take the spotlight in this brand new Manu Minute. These flashy game birds have been strutting their stuff around the Hawaiian Islands since the 1960s. With recordings from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, our host Patrick Hart walks through how these pheasants' breeding behavior has adapted since their arrival on our shores.
  • Want to get into bird watching, but don’t know where to start? How about the International Marketplace in Waikiki? Today's Manu Minute was made with recordings from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • We've talked about the velvety-black 'alalā before on Manu Minute. But today we have some exciting news to share! Two of these incredibly rare endemic birds — named Loli'ana and Pano Pau — now have a home at the Pana'ewa Zoo in Hilo.
  • We look to the skies in search of a sleek endemic raptor that symbolizes royalty. In this week’s Manu Minute, we learn about Hawai‘i’s only native hawk. And thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for bringing us its song! University of Hawai‘i at Hilo professor Patrick Hart introduces us to the ‘io.