The cause of its extinction is unknown.

The Kioea is classified as Extinct (EX), there is no reasonable doubt that the last individual has died.

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the Kioea has a streaked head, neck, upper back, and underparts, a black mask through the eye, and uniformly colored brown wings, lower back, and long graduated tail. The bright-yellow ‘ö‘ö feathers were prized by early Hawaiians and used in making long flowing cloaks, opulent feather capes, ornate headdresses, and royal standards (kahili) of the kings and high chiefs, as well as numerous leis and other items. More

‘Ö‘ö on Moloka‘i, and Hawai‘i ‘Ö‘ö and Kioea on Hawai‘i. The Hawai‘i ‘Ö‘ö was the first Hawaiian honey-eater discovered by westerners, described from a specimen obtained in 1779 during Captain James Cook’s third voyage; the other 4 species were not known to the scientific community until the mid- to late 1800s. The O‘ahu and Hawai‘i ‘ö‘ö and the Kioea are now definitely extinct, and the Kaua‘i and Bishop’s ‘ö‘ö are probably extinct. More

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The Kioea, Chaetoptila angustipluma, was a Hawaiian bird that became extinct around 1859. The kioea was in decline even before the discovery of Hawaiʻi by Europeans. Even native Hawaiians are seemingly unfamiliar with this bird. The feathers of the kioea were not used in Hawaiian featherwork, nor is it mentioned in any chants or legends. Only four specimens exist in museums. The cause of its extinction is unknown. More

The Kioea was a honeycreeper. It was loved for its feathers. It is now extinct. oo - hawaii.JPG (132450 bytes) The last o'o was seen in 1934 The o'o was a honeyeater. These birds are now extinct. They were hunted for their yellow feathers. The feathers were uses to make ceremonial robes for kings. moho-hawaii. More

Island kioea, and the Hawaii, Moloka'i, O'ahu and Kaua'i species of the 'ō'ō. “The Hawaiian 'honeyeaters,' five endemic species of recently extinct, nectar-feeding songbirds in the genera Moho and Chaetoptila, looked and acted like Australasian honeyeaters (Meliphagidae), and no taxonomist since their discovery on James Cook's third voyage has classified them as anything else,” wrote scientists Robert C. Fleischer, Helen F. James and Storrs L. Olson, all of the Smithsonian Institution. Their report was published in “Current Biology. More

The kioea or Bristle-thighed curlew is easily recognized by its lengthy down-curved bill. These large-bodied shorebirds annually winter in Hawai‘i and other Pacific Islands, making a non-stop journey from Alaska in late July or August and returning in early May. Kioea are the only migratory shorebirds that forage with tools—picking up rocks with their bills, for example, and using the rocks to crack open albatross eggs. More

now-extinct Kioea at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Credit: John Gibbons / Smithsonian Institution A group of five endemic and recently extinct Hawaiian songbird species were historically classified as "honeyeaters" due to striking similarities to birds of the same name in Australia and neighboring islands in the South Pacific. More

Though all specimens of the Kioea came from the island of Hawai`i, fossil records show that the bird was found on other islands as well. More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Meliphagidae
Genus : Chaetoptila
Species : angustipluma
Authority : (Peale, 1848)