We saw lots of birds while in Hawaii, just sitting in the back yard I saw many species that were new to me and others, like the morning doves, that were quite familiar.
|Japanese White Eye--East Asia native|
Familiar or not, all of the birds I saw were non-native species.
|Nutmeg Mannikin--tropical Asia native|
As nice as it was to see new birds, I would have been happier if the ones I saw were native species.
|Saffron Finch--South America native|
Competition from introduced species of birds and the introduced mongoose along with habitat loss have caused a decline in the population of native birds.
|Yellow fronted canary--Africa native|
Before the arrival of humans there were 113 species of native birds in Hawaii. Of these, 71 have become extinct and 31 are threatened or endangered.
|Yellow Billed Cardinal--South America native|
While these birds were lovely and delightful to watch imagine what we have lost with extinction of the wonderful native birds and plants, not just in Hawaii but the world over.
|Red Junglefowl--aka chicken|
The introduction of species has been going on for a long time. The Junglefowl was introduced by the Polynesians.
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