Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Critically Endangered

Akohekohe (Palmeria dolei)


French: Palmérie huppée German: Haubenkleidervogel Spanish: Akohekohe
Other common names: Crested Honeycreeper

Himatione dolei

S. B. Wilson

, 1891,





E Maui, in Hawaiian Is; formerly also Molokai.

Descriptive notes

18 cm; male 26·5-31 g, female 20·6-28 g. A fairly large, strikingly plumaged honeycreeper with sharp, slightly downcurved bill. Plumage is mainly black, with... read more


Contact call a quick upslurred human-like whistle, easily imitated; secondary call (or short song)... read more


Rainforest dominated by ohia-lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) with scattered koa trees (... read more

Food and feeding

Ohia nectar specialist, feeding also (when ohia bloom fails) on nectar of other flowers, including Hawaiian raspberry (akala) (Rubus... read more


Season Nov–Jun; usually two broods. Semi-colonial, with many adjacent territories in small area. Displays include spectacular aerial... read more


Resident. After breeding season, some follow elevational shifts in timing of ohia blooming.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Central Hawaiian Islands EBA. Has tiny global range, in which habitat degraded by feral ungulates. Estimated total... read more

Recommended citation

Pratt, D. (2020). Akohekohe (Palmeria dolei). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).