‘Elepaio, which isnʻt a honeycreeper, is the only member of more than 300 bird species in the Old World “flycatcher” family to successfully colonize the Hawaiian Islands on its own. It’s brown on top, white underneath, with white bars on dark wings and a long tail. Being one of the most adaptable native Hawaiian birds, ‘elepaio are fairly common on Hawai‘i Island and Kaua‘i, but rare on O‘ahu, where they were recently listed as endangered due to loss of habitat, introduced disease and predation.
As an insectivore with a loud warble, this monarch flycatcher hunts for food in koa trees. Ancient Hawaiian canoe builders came to rely on them as indicators of whether certain trees would make for suitable wood. Inquisitive and chatty, they seemed unafraid of humans, and often followed builders through the forest, who would watch the birds intently; if the ‘elepaio pecked at a certain tree, its wood was likely riddled with burrowing insects and therefore unusable. This inspired the Hawaiian proverb:‘Uā ‘Elepaio ‘ia ka wa‘a—The ‘elepaio has [marked] the canoe [log] (Mary Kawena Pukui, Olelo No‘eau 2777). ❖
UV Motoroil with Medium black flakes, and string-cut hologram. Inspired colorway from an Endangered Species in Hawaii.
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25% of all proceeds will be donated to the Hawaii Wildlife Center.