The Oʻahu ʻelepaio is a small forest bird found only on the island of Oʻahu. It is a member of the monarch flycatcher family.
Credit US Fish & Wildlife Service
nce described as the most common native land bird to be found on the island, the Oʻahu ʻelepaio has now become an endangered species. Through the Endangered Species Act, five areas of critical habitat have been designated for the bird.
The breeding cycle of the Hawaiian Hawk leaves it vulnerable to the decline that is faced by raptors the world over. The Io is now the subject of intense study by conservationists seeking to better understand the bird itself, its breeding habits, survival, and populations.