PALILA (Loxioides bailleui)

PALILA (Loxioides bailleui)
PALILA (Loxioides bailleui)
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Description: The Palila is a large finch with a bright yellow head and breast, a short rounded black bill and a white underbelly. It is found only in the forests of Hawaii, where it was once widespread. It is now restricted to a very small, declining range because of severe overgrazing by feral animals within its range. Non-native invasive plant species also contribute to the Palila's decline.

IUCN Status: Endangered

USFWS Status: Endangered

Major Threat: Habitat loss due to invasive plants and overgrazing by feral animals

Habitat: Dry mamane and mamane-naio forests

Location: Upper slopes of Mauna Kea in Hawaii

Diet: Mainly seeds of immature mamane seed pods