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The 'akohekohe, the amazing crested honeycreeper

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On the slopes of northeastern portion of the Haleakala Volcano on the island of Maui lives the endangered 'akohekohe. 'akohekohe (pronounced "ah ko-hay ko-hay") in Hawaiian means "pubic hair" and probably refers to the tuft of fluff protruding from its' beak (there's probably some things you just didn't need to know, right? lol).

The ‘Akohekohe is very aggressive and will chase off Apapane and I’Iwi for possession of 'ohi'a blossoms. Nectar from the 'Ohi'a tree makes up 40-75% of these birds' diets. They also feed on the nectar of other plants, caterpillars, flies, spiders, and other invertebrates.

There are approximately 3,800 mature individuals left. After a big decline, the ‘Ahohekohe populations appear to have stabilized. At this point in time, the major threats appear to be the negative effects of introduced animals (especially feral pigs) and plants. Feral pigs wreak havoc on the soil and vegetation in native forests, destroying native understory and subcanopy plants and creating wallows that can act as breeding sites for disease-carrying mosquitoes. Rainforest areas that have been affected by pigs can recover if the pigs are removed, but these areas have higher concentrations of non-native plants. Although 'Akohekohes feed primarily in the canopy on 'ohi'a trees, they also feed on flowering understory shrubs. The destructive activities of pigs, together with the encroachment of non-native plants into formerly pristine forest, may cause 'Akohekohes to search for food at lower elevations, where infectious mosquitoes and avian diseases are common.

Rendered in DS4 without postwork. Model Credits: Tropical Cove (Nerd), Ohia branch and 'Akohekohe from Songbird ReMix Hawaii (Ken Gilliland)
April 29, 2012
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Apr 29, 2012 9:45:59 am

by Seahorse Homepage »

Apr 29, 2012 9:49:37 am
Your scenes are absolutely fantastic...Also like the description of the birds your also include...

by vitachick Homepage »

Apr 29, 2012 10:02:13 am
very natural/realistic bird, but all of them are

by Richardphotos Homepage »

Apr 29, 2012 10:02:46 am
What a wonderful work,so beautifully detailed,excellent********

by soffy Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 29, 2012 10:11:11 am
stupendous work

by flavia49 Homepage »

Apr 29, 2012 10:17:48 am
An exceptional bird & scene!

by Flint_Hawk Homepage »

Apr 29, 2012 10:52:24 am
I still keep looking at this and can't believe it is not a photo! Even enlarged it looks like a photo.

Interesting name in Hawaiian, LOL!!!

Off to check out your gallery!

by Erestorfan Homepage »

Apr 29, 2012 11:02:03 am
Beautiful scene and top notch render - Wow and wonderful (need more stars here!)

by Kinchie Homepage »

Apr 29, 2012 12:43:54 pm
Another most excellent image well dne

by kelvinhughes Homepage »

Apr 29, 2012 1:09:52 pm
Very beautiful bird and really great scene to show him off. Great work.

by adorety Homepage »

Apr 29, 2012 2:39:05 pm
Very nice work:)

by bs Homepage »

Apr 29, 2012 4:51:58 pm

by sandra46 Homepage »

Apr 29, 2012 5:10:17 pm
~Really beautiful work!! Bravo!~

by alessimarco Homepage »

Apr 29, 2012 9:22:46 pm
This is a beautiful render! Excellent.

by macmondo Homepage »

Apr 30, 2012 3:09:29 am
Lovely image, nice work.

by fallen21 Homepage »

Apr 30, 2012 8:27:50 pm
Wonderful and colorful!

by thecytron Homepage »

May 3, 2012 7:55:58 pm
You just keep on getting better and better my friend! LOVE the vegetation- So hard to find really detailed nature modeling like this!

by cwrw Homepage »

May 5, 2012 6:02:11 pm
wonderful bird/flower scene, very nice image

by ia-du-lin Homepage »

Jun 10, 2012 11:51:28 am
What a beautiful bird in such a gorgeous setting. Those pigs must be removed it sounds perfectly awful what they are doing. Thanks for informing us.

by psyoshida Homepage »


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