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Royal ‘Apapane

A Hawaiian ‘Apapane bird signs out on the on the Big Island of Hawaii. Male ‘Apapane in particular are known for their patterned calls and singing.

The ‘Apapane bird’s beautiful red feathers were used to make capes, helmets, and lei for Hawaiian royalty, the ali’i, in traditional Hawaii. The crimson adornments would make it clear to those around the wearer that they were noble and should be treated accordingly.

The ‘Apapane is endemic to Hawaii and is only found on six of our islands. They forage in wetter ‘ohia forests, mostly above 4000 feet in elevation.