Maui, Hawaii, November 5, 2015
Red Junglefowl - Introduced for food by Polynesian colonists the Red Junglefowl interbred with feral and domestic chickens. While we can't be sure that the bird on the left is a true Red Junglefowl we include it here because they are frequently observed in Hawaii and are often a topic of conversation.
Rock Dove - Common on all of the main islands it was first introduced in Hawaii in 1796.
Red-crested Cardinal - These were the most striking of the the birds we saw on Maui. They are reportedly seen on the other islands but we only saw them on Maui.
Common Waxbill - These are frequently seen on Oahu and were recently reported on Maui. Native to Africa they were first identified in Hawaii in the 1970's, the date of their introduction is unknown.
Zebra Dove - These doves, introduced from Asia in 1922 are plentiful on all of the main islands.
Spotted Dove - These are seen in abundance on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii where they range from sea level to 8,000 feet.
Black-necked Stilt - We saw these endangered birds on Maui in a protected area where birders are allowed to see them. Sadly they are suffering from a loss of habitat.
Wandering Tattler - We saw only one of these, in a pond on Maui. They are a common winter visitor, returning in late April to their breeding grounds in Alaska.
We saw two species from the road that we couldn't photograph because of no turnout space and heavy traffic. One was the Ring-necked Pheasant. The other was the Nene (Hawaiian Goose), which is Hawaii's state bird. This photo of the Nene is from the web, but it looks much like the ones we saw.
Kona Coast, Hawaii, November 10, 2015
Yellow-billed Cardinal - We spotted this cardinal on the Big Island. At first glance we thought this was the Red-crested Cardinal but apparently the Yellow-billed Cardinal, native to South America, was introduced to the Hawaiian islands. Challenging to photograph, Al managed to get this photo with his iPod.
Common Myna - Introduced from India in the 1880's supposedly to control insect pests, this is one of the first birds visitors will see because they hang around airports and hotels on all of the islands. They behave similar to the European Starling and they tend to gather in noisy roosts at night.
Hawaiian Coot - Similar to the American Coot, these have a larger white head bulb.
Black-crowned Night-Heron - The Fairmont Orchid Hotel on the Kona Coast of the Big Island (Hawaii) had a spotlight shining on a reef in the evenings near where we had dinner. We observed three of these herons as they came to search the water for food. We didn't see them catch anything but they returned the next night.
Cattle Egrets - These are widespread throughout the islands where they frequent fields, roadsides, pastures, watercress ponds and taro patches. Often traveling in large flocks they will nest in mangroves or kiawe trees.
House Sparrow - These are quite abundant on the islands. Native to Eurasia they were brought from New Zealand and released on Oahu in 1871.