About the Akekee

Also known as: ‘Akeke‘e, 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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 29 March 2014
Scientific Name
Loxops caeruleirostris
  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Loxops
  • L. caeruleirostris
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Conservation Status
Critically Endangered (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
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

Chinese (汉语) 考岛管舌雀
Czech (Cesky) šatovník alakaiský
Danish (Dansk) Akekee
Dutch (Nederlands) Akekee
Finnish (Suomi) akekee
French (Français) Loxopse de Kauai
German (Deutsch) Kauai-Akepakleidervogel
Italian (Italiano) Akekee
Japanese (日本語) コバシハワイミツスイ [kobashihawaimitsusui]
Norwegian (Norsk) Akekee
Polish (Polski) hawajka modrodzioba
Russian (русский язык) Акекии
Spanish (Español) Akepa de Kauai
Swedish (Svenska) Akeki
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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