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Kine Polo

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By; KINE STIMAC Akikiki These birds are found in Hawaii. The
Akikiki lives in Kauai in the
Hawaiian Islands where it is vulnerable to
a wide range of threats. A lot of
birds have evolved on
isolated oceanic islands in the
absence of mammalian predators but the Akikiki has not adapted to coping with new animals on the island. What is the story behind the Akikiki's name? What do Akikikis look like? How big are Akikikis? What do Akikiki eat? What are their mating behaviors? Where do the Akikikis live? When did the Akikiki become endangered? How did the Akikiki become endangered? What is being done to save the Akikikis? There are at least 59 species of Hawaiian birds. The Akikiki is small: 13 cm in length with grey feathers around its neck and white feathers below its head. It is not sexually mature until 8 months old. The babies have large white eye rings. Adults have a light eyebrow for several years. The Akikiki eats berrys and grains. They
also eat a lot of grasses and small insects. The Legs and bill are pink. The Tail is short compared to other birds Like the Kauai. This species is Endangered because it has an extremely small living range, predators, and disease. The population has decreased since 1960. These birds are a large part of the food chain in Hawaii. The population continues to decrease rapidly. The Akikiki is small 13 cm with grey plumage above and white below. yong have large white eye rings adults have a pale eyebrow for several years. Legs and bill are pink. Tail is short compared to other birds on Kauai, giving it a stocky appearance. The Akikiki's populations were devastated by two strong hurricanes that came through the island back in the 1980s and 1990s. Climate change is the main cause of their threats. Hawaii’s native birds were also eaten almost to extinction by the newly introduced animals, especially on the islands of Kaua'i and Hawaii. Climate change caused temperatures to increase in Kaua'i's mountains. Deadly non-native bird diseases, including avian malaria and pox also affected their numbers. They will likely creep up the mountains, invading 'Akikiki refuges. In 2004, the Center saved 225 species that had been saved for endangered species including the Akikiki. This bird has now earned U.S. protection. ‘Akikiki are restricted to 36 square kilometers on the Alaka‘i Wilderness Preserve. In 1973, these species lived in an 88 square kilometer area. Historically, Akikiki lived in high and low elevation forests, in the 1960s there were only 56 total in the wild. Captive programs are being made for endangered species at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center that will help the ‘Akikiki. The ‘Akikiki have benefited from humans who were inspired to design conservation projects for other endangered forest birds. Others include; Wilderness Preserve, regulating projects of forest bird populations, monitoring of habitat conditions, studies of disease, and control of feral work. Reflection I enjoyed this project because I found a lot of interesting information on the Akikiki. The Akikiki has taught me how many animals are endangered in the world. Also that I found that finding information on some animals can be difficult and you might find more on one topic than another. What is the life span of an Akikiki? I could not find any information on this topic.
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