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Linda Ruth

Kula, HI, United States


The ‘i’iwi, aka Scarlet Hawaiian Honeycreeper, is one of a number of native Hawaiian birds which are believed to have evolved from a single species of Fringillid finch. Like Darwin’s finches in the Galapagos, honeycreepers have evolved to fill many difference ecological niches and some barely resemble their finch ancestors at all.

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Category: Week 13: Finches & Friends

An Unusual Fringillid, The Hawaiian ‘i’wi

An unusual Fringillid, the Hawaiian 'i'wi is a wonderful example of adaptive radiation.

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