Maui Parrotbill Pseudonestor xanthophrys

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A very rare Hawaiian honeycreeper of high elevation wet forests on eastern Maui. The thick, parrotlike bill used to tear and crush stems in search of insects and larvae is diagnostic. Most often seen in the understory moving slowly and deliberately among branches. Song is series of paired notes: “chewy-chewy-chewy.” Two-note “chu-wee” call is louder and lower pitched than that of ‘amakihi.

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