Maui Akepa

Maui Akepa

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Maui Akepa by Judy Studwell
Species Info
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
FRINGILLIDAE
Order: 
PASSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Loxops
Species: 
ochraceus
Population trend: 
unknown
Authority: 
Rothschild, 1893
Medium: 
Watercolor
Artist Statement: 
The Akepa is native to the Hawaiian Islands. Its name, Akepa, means quick and nimble. Only four inches long, the females are green and the males are bright orange. It uses its small crossbill to break open seedpods and flowers. The nectar of the Ohia flower attracts a feast of insects. Akepas nest in naturally occurring cavities in very old single truck Ohia or Koa trees. Many decades of destruction of the under-story of the forests have resulted in many more multi-truncked trees with fewer cavities for favorable nesting sites. Long-term breeding and conservation efforts will only improve with habitat protection.