A stunning gold-and-green hued bird believed to be dead after a failed translocation experiment was found alive and well, a development that researchers are calling “an amazing sign.”
The five-to-six inch kiwikiu, or the Maui parrotbill, is listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a critically endangered species. According to the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, the creature was once found all over Maui and the neighboring Moloka’i, but due to humans, feral pigs, wildcats and mosquito-induced disease, its numbers have dwindled down to fewer than 150.
Rare Hawaiian bird thought to be dead re-emerges by Maui volcano