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About the 'I'iwi

Also known as: Iiwi, Scarlet Hawaiian Honeycreeper

The I'iwi or Iiwi is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, where it is also the most common native bird. This Hawaiian finch is mostly red, with black wings and tail and a long curved bill that it uses to drink nectar.

The wild population of Iiwi was estimated to be about 350,000 birds in the early 1990s. Although there are large colonies of 'I'iwis on the islands of Hawai'i and Kaua'i, it is no longer found on the other islands due to habitat loss.

The Iiwi has a conservation status of Vulnerable to extinction as of June 2013. It faces threats including predation by non-native species, and habitat loss or degradation.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 03 August 2009
Scientific Name Vestiaria coccinea
  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Vestiaria
  • V. coccinea
Birdorable Family Finches
Conservation Status Vulnerable
  • 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 29 July 2017)
Range North America United States (West)


From IUCN Red List:
The 'I'iwi is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species is listed as Vulnerable because it has a small and contracting range and, although it is still relatively abundant, surveys have shown that it is undergoing a continuing population decline.

International Names

  • 镰嘴管舌雀 (Chinese)
  • šatovník šarlatový (Czech)
  • Iiwi (Danish)
  • Iiwi (Dutch)
  • Iivi (Finnish)
  • Iiwi Rouge (French)
  • Iiwi (German)
  • Iiwi (Italian)
  • ベニハワイミツスイ (Benihawaimitsusui) (Japanese)
  • Iiwi (Norwegian)
  • Hawajka Cynobrowa (Polish)
  • Чёрно-алая цветочница (Russian)
  • Iwi (Spanish)
  • Iiwi (Swedish)