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Manu Minute

Need a break in your day? Whether you're in your car or still in bed, Manu Minute brings you rich sounds from Hawai'i's native forests and shorelines. Each week, we feature a different Hawaiʻi 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, your location and your email.

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

Latest Episodes
  • Not all birds like their names. But you'll hear no complaints from the melodious laughingthrush.
  • Did you know that Hawaiʻi has an endemic species of duck? This native waterfowl, called the Koloa maoli, resemble introduced mallard ducks, but they have a quack all their own. Listen in to this Manu Minute, made with recordings from Xeno Canto.
  • Male house finches are pro-singers. They can even sing while they're flying!
  • Though not your standard songbird, the wild turkey's "Gobble Gobble Gobble" has been charting at number one in the bird world for 200 straight Thanksgivings. You can hear the smash hit on today's Manu Minute.
  • At first glance, it's easy to mistake an ʻalawi for an ʻamakihi. But these little birds have songs that are entirely their own.
  • Would you look at the beak on that one? That’s right, we’re talking about Java sparrows, who can be recognized by their less-than-dainty beaks. But we’ve also got their lovely calls for you, thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  • We’ve got a little sandpiper for you today. Its rattling call gives you a clue to its name. With recordings from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and Xeno Canto, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo professor Patrick Hart brings you the Manu Minute.
  • With fewer than 2,000 individuals remaining, ΄ākohekohe are a rare sight. At just over 7 inches, ΄ākohekohe are one of Maui's largest honeycreepers. But their most distinctive features are their white-grey crests just above their beaks.
  • In spite of their lavish appearance, Indian peafowl are actually quite common. Native to India and Sri Lanka, these birds have been introduced throughout the world. We have their song for you, thanks to the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
  • The moaning wedge-tailed shearwater is the star of Manu Minute today, thanks to recordings from the Macaulay Library at Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.