Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)

Poo-uli (Melamprosops phaeosoma)


French: Po-o-uli masqué German: Weißwangen-Kleidervogel Spanish: Poo-uli

Melamprosops phaeosoma

Casey and Jacobi

, 1974,





Upper Hanawi watershed, in E Maui, in Hawaiian Is. Last individual seen in 2004; possibly extinct#R.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 25·5 g. A dumpy, short-tailed passerine with thick, elongated, slightly downcurved bill. Plumage is brown above, pale brown to off-white below; sharply defined... read more


Call a sharp "chit-chit-chit", sometimes in quicker bursts, "chit-chit-chu-chit", when alarmed;... read more


Understorey of dense montane ohia (Metrosideros polymorpha) rainforest between 1400 m and... read more

Food and feeding

Snails (Gastropoda), insects, spiders (Araneae); rarely, small fruits (Cheirodendron trigynum). Foraging sites twigs (51% of... read more


Two nests found in Mar and Apr. Courting male, while singing vigorously, circles female in canopy of nest tree or adjacent trees; courtship... read more



Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED (POSSIBLY EXTINCT). Restricted-range species: present in Central Hawaiian Islands EBA. Not discovered until 1973, when population estimated to number... read more

Recommended citation

Pratt, D. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Poo-uli (Melamprosops phaeosoma). 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).