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Manu Minute
Wednesdays

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
  • Have you ever noticed those flocks of finches with bright red eye-masks hanging out in grassy fields? This week, University of Hawaii at Hilo professor Patrick Hart introduces you to the tiny waxbill... common but very eye-catching. This Manu Minute was made with field recordings from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • The streets of Downtown Honolulu might not be the first place you'd think to bird watch, but at least one very special bird calls this city home: the indigenous manu-o-Kū, also known as the white tern. Today's Manu Minute was made with recordings from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • Saffron finches are native to South America and were introduced to the islands around 1965. Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of…
  • The ʻaukuʻu, also known as black-crowned night heron, is found throughout the world's wetlands. As their name implies, these birds have black "crowns…
  • ˊAkikiki, also known as Kauaˊi creepers, are an endangered forest bird endemic to the island of Kauaˊi.Similar to nuthatches, these little birds forage…
  • Special thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for today's field recordings.Mōlī, or Laysan albatrosses, breed in large numbers…
  • The yellow-fronted canary is native to sub-Saharan Africa, where they populate open woodlands and grasslands in great numbers. Not to be confused with the…
  • Hawai'i 'elepaio are native species of Flycatcher - as their name suggests, they spend most of their time catching flies and other tasty insects "on the…
  • The ae'o, also known as kūkuluae'o, or Hawaiian stilt, is an endangered waterbird found only in the Hawaiian islands. Ae'o were once much more common in…
  • Let's be honest — a black crow is not a typical mascot for a tropical paradise. But the native 'alalā, or Hawaiian crow, is deeply intertwined with the…