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SPECIES INFO

Synonyms

Maui Nui Akialoa
Oahu Akialoa
Kauai Akialoa
(but see text)

The Greater Akialoa was a large bird growing up to 19 cm long. Its bill took up to a third of the body length. The species had three forms, confined to Lanai, Oahu and Kauai respectively. It did not include the much smaller Hawaii Akialoa, which was considered a full species. The Lanai and Oahu forms are extinct, while there is a remote possibility that the Kaui form survives.


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