Oahu Amakihi

Oahu Amakihi / Chlorodrepanis flava

Oahu Amakihi

Here the details of the Oahu Amakihi named bird below:

SCI Name:  Chlorodrepanis flava
Protonym:  Nectarinia flava Voy.H.M.S.Blonde[Byron] (1826) App.3 p.249
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Fringillidae /
Taxonomy Code:  oahama
Type Locality:  Oahu.
Publish Year:  1827
IUCN Status:  


(Fringillidae; Ϯ Kauai Amakihi C. stejnegeri) Gr. χλωρος khlōros  green; genus Drepanis Temminck, 1820, mamo; "Leaving this question for future solution, it must here be remarked that of the species attributed in the present work to the genus Himatione, H. sanguinea, which is the type of that genus, should in Mr. Perkins's opinion alone remain in it 1, while those with straight bill (H. maculata, H. montana, H. mana, and H. newtoni)— though not H. parva — together with Loxops flammea, should be referred to Oreomyza and those with a curved bill should be placed in a new genus Chlorodrepanis, which he thus characterizes: — "Primaries pointed and not truncate at the apex; nasal opercula with bristles at the base and not overhung by antrorse feathers; brush tongue thin and tubular; second primary a little shorter than the third; bill curved." Hence we have:— Chlorodrepanis stejnegeri, C. chloris, C. chloridoïdes, C. kalaana, C. virens, C. wilsoni   ...   1 H. freethi of the island of Laysan forming a second species." (Wilson & Evans 1899); "Chlorodrepanis Wilson and Evans (ex Perkins MS), 1899, Aves Hawaiienses, p. xxi. Type, by subsequent designation (Richmond, 1902, Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus., 24, p. 673), Himatione stejnegeri Wilson." (Greenway in Peters, 1986, XIV, p. 96). The taxonomy of the Hawaiian honeycreepers is complex. The Kauai Amakihi (formerly Hemignathus kauaiensis) and its congeners have, in the past, been placed in divergent genera necessitating changes of specific names.

L. flavus  golden-yellow, gold-coloured, yellow.
● ex “Echenilleur Jaune” (= ♀) of Levaillant 1805, pl. 164 (Campephaga).
● "99. MOTACILLA.  ...  flava.  13. M. pectore abdomineque flavo, rectricibus duabus lateralibus dimidiato oblique albis. Fn. svec. 215.  Motacilla flava. Gesn. av. 618. Aldr. orn. l. 17. c. 24. Will. orn. 172. t. 68. Raj. av. 75. n. 2. Alb. av. 2. p. 54. t. 58. Frisch. av. . t. 23. f. 3.  Habitat in Europa." (Linnaeus 1758) (Motacilla).
● ex “Habia amarilla” (= ♀) of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 87 (Piranga).
● ex “Bruant du Brésil” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 321, fig. 1, and “Chúy” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 133 (syn. Sicalis flaveola pelzelni).
● ex “Guira-perea” of Marcgrave 1648, “Guiraperea” of Willughby 1676, and Ray 1713, “Tangara jaune du Brésil” of Brisson 1760, and “Yellow Tanager” of Latham 1783 (Tangara).