Note the dark, slightly curved beak, the crimson red body, black wings and tail, and white coverts under the tail. They are about 5 inches in length at maturity. Apapane are also energetic singers, with several song patterns and many calls.
Click here to enjoy the natural song of the apapane recorded by David Lane at Kilauea Lodge at Volcano National Park on the Big Island.
photo from pacific rim conservation
Hello gorgeous! So happy to see the apapane flitting among the lehua blossoms in all his royal red splendor. Himatione sanguinea have the largest population of any of the Hawaiian honeycreepers, though you won't see them at lower elevations. Their nectarivorous life-style means that you'll most likely spot them where the 'ohi'a lehua are abundant, though the occasional insect will do as well. Apapane are found on the main Hawaiian islands, with small populations on O'ahu and Lana'i. They are endemic, meaning they are found here and nowhere else. The apapane have the highest rates of avian malaria, and this suggests their preference for higher elevations out of mosquito range.
welcomes you to visit with the all the wonderful flora and fauna that we share this lovely aina with.