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The Present Status of the Birds of Hawaii

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Title:The Present Status of the Birds of Hawaii
Authors:Berger, Andrew J.
Date Issued:Jan 1970
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Berger AJ. 1970. The present status of the birds of Hawaii. Pac Sci 24(1): 29-42.
Abstract:The great expanses of open ocean that separate
the Hawaiian Islands from the major
continental land masses of North America and
Asia resulted in the evolution of a number of
unique landbirds. Unfortunately, a higher percentage
of species of birds have become extinct
in Hawaii than in any other region of the
world. Approximately 40 percent of the endemic
Hawaiian birds are believed to be extinct,
and 25 of the 60 birds in the 1968 list
of "Rare and Endangered Birds of the United
States" are Hawaiian ("Rare and Endangered
Fish and Wildlife of the United States, 1968
edition," Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife,
Washington, D. C.). Most of the native
birds of Oahu have long been extinct, and few
native landbirds are to be found on any of the
main islands below 3,000 feet elevation.
Three general groups of birds are found in
Hawaii today: endemic, indigenous, and introduced.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 24, Number 1, 1970

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