Family Finches (Fringillidae)


Kauai Amakihi (Chlorodrepanis stejnegeri)


French: Amakihi de Stejneger German: Kauai-Amakihikleidervogel Spanish: Amakihi de Kauai

Himatione stejnegeri

S. B. Wilson

, 1890,



Formerly considered conspecific with C. flava and C. virens; on basis of suite of potential isolating mechanisms, bolstered by DNA evidence, all now treated as separate species. When present species placed in Hemignathus, species name is preoccupied, and taxon must then be known as H. kauaiensis. Monotypic.


Kauai, in Hawaiian Is.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 15–19·5 g. Small Hawaiian honeycreeper with medium-length sickle-shaped bill proportionately much larger than that of congeners. Male is olive-yellow,... read more


Typical call a loud "tseet", very similar to calls of Magumma parva, Loxops... read more


Mainly wet ohia forest, ohia-koa (Metrosideros polymorpha-Acacia koa) forest, and... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous, but more specialized than congeners. Takes invertebrates and plant foods in roughly equal amounts, mainly in forest understorey... read more


Season extended. Courting male flits up and down on branches below female. Nest built by female, with some help from male, nest body (... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Central Hawaiian Islands EBA. Has tiny range, confined to part of single island. Once found throughout the island in suitable... read more

Recommended citation

Pratt, D. (2019). Kauai Amakihi (Chlorodrepanis stejnegeri). 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 5 December 2019).