Our new Hawaii birding tour takes us to the most remote archipelago on Earth, being situated north of the equator in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Besides the island’s world-renowned beauty, many unique features attract naturalists here, chiefly the high degree of faunal and floral endemism, active volcanism, verdant and varied native forests, and the surrounding great wilderness of the Pacific Ocean. The Island chain’s endemic bird family, the Hawaiian Honeycreepers or Drepanids, has long attracted birders. The diverse forms that comprise this family evidently evolved from a single ancestor akin to a North American finch, into nectarivores, bark-pickers, insect gleaners or borers of many brilliant colours. Sadly, these honeycreepers and native birds of other families have been decimated, beginning with the arrival of the Polynesians and continuing through the introduction of mosquitoes and a multitude of alien plants and animals. Many bird species have now gone extinct, and the remaining endemics face a precarious future.
Our Hawaii birding tours cover the four major islands searching for some of the most critically endangered birds on the planet, combined with fantastic scenery and phenomenal underwater life. Some of the top birds that can be seen on our Hawaii birding tours include the bizarre Akiapola’au, endangered Bristle-thighed Curlew, difficult Hawaiian Petrel, elegant White (Fairy) Tern, nesting Laysan Albatross, and, of course, the charismatic I’iwi. Other endangered endemics that can be seen on our Hawaii birding tours include the Akohekohe (Crested Honeycreeper), Akikiki (Kauai Creeper), Akepa and Palila. Join us as we focus on these surviving endemic forest species, seabirds, and other Hawaiian avian specialties, combined with the riches of this fabulous chain of picturesque tropical islands!