Kauai Oo Moho braccatus Scientific name definitions

Paul W. Sykes Jr., Angela K. Kepler, Cameron B. Kepler, and J. Michael Scott
Version: 1.0 — Published March 4, 2020
Text last updated January 1, 2000

Movements and Migration

Migration Overview

Kaua‘i ‘Ö‘ö. No information, but probably had no reason to migrate, except for altitudinal movement in response to severe weather or availability of food.

Oah‘u ‘Ö‘ö. No information; probably local movement in response to weather or food availability.

Bishop's ‘Ö‘ö. R. C. L. Perkins commented in his field journal, on the basis of his 1893 experience, that it “changed its haunts at different seasons” (Banko 1981b). This behavior might be interpreted as local movement in response to weather or food resource availability.

Hawai‘i ‘Ö‘ö. No information; probably nonmigratory. Apparently made diurnal and seasonal altitudinal movements in search of sources of nectar (Wilson 1890a, Wilson and Evans 1890).

Kioea. No information. On the basis of comment by Peale (Peale 1848: 148) that “they are generally found about those trees which are in flower,” we may conclude that this species made local movements in search of flowering food resources and perhaps altitudinal movements in response to severe weather.

Recommended Citation

Sykes Jr., P. W., A. K. Kepler, C. B. Kepler, and J. M. Scott (2020). Kauai Oo (Moho braccatus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.kauoo.01