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About the Akekee

Also known as: ʻAkekeʻe, Kauai Akepa, Ou-holowai

The Akekee is a species of Hawaiian finch. This honeycreeper is endemic to the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i. The name is also spelled ‘Akeke‘e.

These pretty little green-yellow birds have a black mask around the eye. This feature is more prominent in male birds. They grey bill has a bluish tint.

The Akekee is a type of Hawaiian honeycreeper finch, and has a specialized bill for feeding on insects it finds inside buds. Akekees also feed on tree nectar.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 29 March 2014
Scientific Name Loxops caeruleirostris
  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Loxops
  • L. caeruleirostris
Birdorable Family Finches
Conservation Status Critically Endangered
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
3.9 inches
.39 ounces


The Akekee, also spelled 'Akeke'e, is Critically Endangered (as of March 2014). The population was stable through the 1990s, but in recent decades the population has plummeted. Today, there may be less than 5,000 individual birds. Habitat loss, due to human development as well as incursion by non-native plants and animals, has contributed to the decline of this beautiful Hawaiian species.

International Names

  • 考岛管舌雀 (Chinese)
  • šatovník alakaiský (Czech)
  • Akekee (Danish)
  • Akekee (Dutch)
  • akekee (Finnish)
  • Loxopse de Kauai (French)
  • Kauai-Akepakleidervogel (German)
  • Akekee (Italian)
  • コバシハワイミツスイ [kobashihawaimitsusui] (Japanese)
  • Akekee (Norwegian)
  • hawajka modrodzioba (Polish)
  • Акекии (Russian)
  • Akepa de Kauai (Spanish)
  • Akeki (Swedish)

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'Akeke'e Coloring Page

'Akeke'e Coloring Page

The Akekee (also spelled ‘Akeke‘e) is a species of finch and part of the Hawaiian honeycreeper family. This pretty little green-yellow bird has a black mask around the eye. This feature is ... more