French: Psittirostre de Laysan German: Laysankleidervogel Spanish: Palila de Laysan
Telespyza [sic] cantans
S. B. Wilson
Midway Island; error = Laysan Island
Laysan Atoll, in NW Hawaiian Is. Introduced on Pearl and Hermes Atoll.
19 cm; male 34·4 g, female 32·2 g, juvenile (both sexes) 34·5 g. A large finch with heavy, slightly but distinctly hooked bill. Male is bright golden-... read more
Calls include a frequency-modulated whistle resembling calls of Loxioides bailleui, and a... read more
Atoll vegetation of low shrubs, bunch-grasses and forbs. Prefers beach naupaka (Scaevola... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous. Most frequent food items include invertebrates (10·8%); seeds of kawelu (8·7%), alena (8%), the sedge makaloa (... read more
Pairs begin to form in Jan; nest-building from Mar, peak in May; renesting occurs if first nest lost. Monogamous; partners remain together... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Laysan Island EBA. Has very small global range, and considered at risk from meteorological perturbations or accidental... read more
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