Hawaiian Honeycreepers

Hawaiian Honeycreepers

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      Several million years ago, Hawaiian honeycreepers diverged to fill a variety of ecological niches, a process called adaptive radiation. Some species adapted to feed on nectar, while others adapted to feed on insects or seeds. This led to extraordinary diversity that is unmatched in any other group of birds. Sadly, about 70% of honeycreeper species have gone extinct, largely due to habitat loss and invasive species. To save the remaining honeycreepers, we must spread awareness and collectively support conservation efforts.