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Maui parrotbill might wing it to the mainland following reintroduction setback

  • BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                A kiwikiu known as No. 26 or “Camp Bird” was photographed in the Nakula Natural Area Reserve, in November. The bird was equipped with a radio tracking antenna and identification bands. This bird was raised in captivity and released into the wild as part of a translocation project. It died three days later after exhibiting signs of avian malaria.

    BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    A kiwikiu known as No. 26 or “Camp Bird” was photographed in the Nakula Natural Area Reserve, in November. The bird was equipped with a radio tracking antenna and identification bands. This bird was raised in captivity and released into the wild as part of a translocation project. It died three days later after exhibiting signs of avian malaria.

  • BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                Marcus Collado, left, and Laura Berthold of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, Bret Nainoa Mossman of the U.S. Geological Survey, Erin Bell of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project and Layla Rohde of the San Diego Zoo examined kiwikiu No. 22 minutes after it was found dead Nov. 6.

    BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Marcus Collado, left, and Laura Berthold of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, Bret Nainoa Mossman of the U.S. Geological Survey, Erin Bell of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project and Layla Rohde of the San Diego Zoo examined kiwikiu No. 22 minutes after it was found dead Nov. 6.

  • BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER
                                The captive bird had been translocated to the Nakula reserve on Oct. 17, then released into the wild 10 days later. It was later determined the bird died from avian malaria.

    BRYAN BERKOWITZ / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    The captive bird had been translocated to the Nakula reserve on Oct. 17, then released into the wild 10 days later. It was later determined the bird died from avian malaria.

It was 13 years ago that the U.S. Forest Service formally recommended establishing a second population of the critically endangered kiwikiu, or Maui parrotbill, to significantly lower its risk of extinction. Read more

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