Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Critically Endangered

Nihoa Finch (Telespiza ultima)


Taxonomy

French: Psittirostre de Nihoa German: Nihoakleidervogel Spanish: Palila de Nihoa
Taxonomy:

Telespiza ultima

Bryan

, 1917,

Nihoa Island

.

Formerly considered conspecific with T. cantans. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Nihoa, in NW Hawaiian Is.

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 21–28 g (in captivity). A medium-sized finch with proportionally smaller bill than T. cantans, lacking hook at tip. Male is yellow on head and breast,... read more

Voice

Call a whistled "teu-eee" or "chewee-teu-eee" and a shorter "chidit... read more

Habitat

Shrubby vegetation dominated by aweoweo (Chenopodium oahuense), popolo (Solanum... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous. Eats insects, leaves, flowers and fruits of aweoweo, unripe seeds of endemic ihi (Portulaca villosa), seeds and leaf... read more

Breeding

Nesting season in first half of year, peak not determined. Monogamous, but no information on duration of pair-bond. Male courtship display... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Nihoa Secondary Area. Has tiny global range, confined to a single island of c. 63 ha in extent, and estimated... read more

Recommended citation

Pratt, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2017). Nihoa Finch (Telespiza ultima). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61434 on 24 November 2017).