Family Finches (Fringillidae)


Oahu Amakihi (Chlorodrepanis flava)


French: Amakihi d’Oahu German: Oahu-Amakihikleidervogel Spanish: Amakihi de Oahu

Nectarinia flava


, 1827,



Previously considered conspecific with C. stejnegeri (which see) and C. virens. When placed in genus Viridonia, current species name is preoccupied, and taxon must then be known as V. chloris; latter specific name has also erroneously been applied when taxon placed in other genera. Monotypic.


Oahu, in Hawaiian Is.

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 10·8–17 g. Small honeycreeper with short, downcurved bill. Male is yellow-olive above, including top of head down to bill; lores black, narrow sharply... read more


Call a mewing raspy or buzzy "schee", very similar to call of C. virens.... read more


Native forests; also forests dominated by introduced trees and shrubs, especially guava (... read more

Food and feeding

Dietary generalist, taking nectar, sap, fruit, and invertebrates. Forages in both outer canopy and understorey. Observed while feeding in... read more


Little studied; only three certain nests observed. Nest similar to that of C. virens, with outer body of grasses and twigs, inner... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Central Hawaiian Islands EBA. Has tiny global range, restricted to parts of a single island. Originally occurred throughout... read more

Recommended citation

Pratt, D. (2020). Oahu Amakihi (Chlorodrepanis flava). 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).