Maui Creeper

The Maui Creeper is classified as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

The Maui Nui ʻAlauahio or Maui Creeper (Paroreomyza montana) is a species of finch in the Hawaiian honeycreeper subfamily, Drepanidinae. It is endemic to Hawaii. It is sometimes called the Maui ʻAlauahio, but this name is misleading because it seems to have occurred on most if not all parts of the ancient Maui Nui. Its natural habitats are dry, mesic and wet forests, as well as high and low shrublands and plantations. It is threatened by habitat loss. More

Maui Creeper The male is yellow-green above and bright yellow below with yellow forehead and face. Lores are also yellow. The female is drabber with a yellow wash on the upper breast and throat. Immatures are drab above and below with a faint wing bar. Bill in all birds is straight and pale. Legs are pale too. More

Also known as the Maui Creeper, this small, 4 to 5-inch bird is found only on East Maui, where it is relatively common in native forests above 4,500 feet. The males are bright yellow and the females a grayish-green. Their sharp pointed beaks are used for finding insects among the leaves and branches. Maui Parrotbill (Pseudonestor xanthophrys) Parrotbills are found only on East Maui on the northern slope of Haleakala from 5,000 to 7,000 feet. More

Maui Creeper or ‘Alauahio (Paroreomyza montana newtoni) - This little creeper is more yellow than green and feeds on insects and grubs that live in the bark of trees. This is a bold and inquisitive bird that, like the Amakihi, can be found in small flocks. This bird was endemic to Maui and Lanai but now is limited to Maui. Strangely enough, these birds are common at elevations of 1000m and over in both native and exotic forest such as Poli Poli and Hosmer's Grove. More

Maui Creeper and Amakihi were common here but we spent the following 7 hours patrolling the half-mile long boardwalk, mostly in poor visibility due to low cloud and intermittent mist, looking for the two specialities. There were very few flowering trees, so the normally not uncommon Crested Honeycreeper was not apparent, although heard on two occasions. There was no sign at all of the Parrotbill, the only new bird being Japanese Bush-warbler. At 3 p.m. More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Fringillidae
Genus : Paroreomyza
Species : montana
Authority : (Wilson, 1890)