About the 'Akikiki

Also known as: Baird's Creeper, Kauaʻi Creeper

The ʻAkikiki is a type of Hawaiian honeycreeper endemic to the island of Kauaʻi. There it lives in rainforest habitat. The species is non-migratory.

The ʻAkikiki is also known as the Kauai Creeper or Baird's Creeper. These little birds feed mostly on insects. They move up and down tree trunks like nuthatches.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 21 July 2014
Scientific Name
Oreomystis bairdi
  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Oreomystis
  • O. bairdi
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Critically Endangered (as of 25 November 2018)
  • 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
5.1 inches
.4 to .6 ounces


Like too many other Hawaiian endemics, the ʻAkikiki is Critically Endangered, with a decreasing population trend, as of July 2014. Habitat loss and degradation are two major threats to the species.

International Names

Chinese 考岛悬木雀
Czech šatovník tmavohřbetý
Danish Akikiki
Dutch Kauaikruiper
Finnish kauainkiipijä
French Akikiki de Kauai
German Weißkehl-Kleidervogel
Italian Rampichino di Kuai
Japanese カウアイキバシリ [kauaikibashiri]
Norwegian Akikiki
Polish hawajka szarawa
Russian Акикики
Spanish Akikiki de Kauai
Swedish Akikiki
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