Birding Hawaii

Hawaii—with its paradise-like climate, beaches, and palm trees—encompasses eight main islands (only seven of which are permanently inhabited) as well as many smaller islands. The archipelago was formed by underwater volcanic activity, and the islands remain volcanically active. The islands offer diverse habitats, including high altitudes (the peak of Mauna Kea receives snow in winter), arid shorelines, wetlands, and tropical rainforests with lush waterfalls. The near-constant trade winds of the tropics keep temperatures nearly constant year round, and keep the leeward side of each island dry. Hawaii’s bird checklist boasts 338 species, including 44 endemics. Ebird reports 274 bird species in Hawaii, many of which have been introduced to the islands in the past few centuries.

  • Hawaii Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Hawaii Birding Hotspots

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Hawaii's state bird, the nene. Photo by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Birding on Kauai, an Island Paradise Losing Its Native Beauties

Because I have a special passion for songbirds, and because Helene has come to know the island well during her many visits, she takes me hiking in Kokee State Park, near Kauai’s famed Waimea Canyon. Following the Alakai Swamp Trail, we go deep into native woodlands that are largely untouched by human development. This place, Helene knows, is a passerine stronghold.
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