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

Figures from this Account

Figure 1. Distribution of Kauai Oo

Figure 1. Historical year-round distribution of Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Bishop’s, and Hawai‘i ‘ö‘ö, and of Kioea.

Figure 4. Annual cycle of breeding and molt of Kaua'i 'Ö'ö.

Species not known to migrate. Limited information; activity shown is best estimate.

Figure 2. Range of Kaua'i 'Ö'ö: originally from sea level to mountaintops throughout Kaua'i

1968–1973, in Alaka‘i Swamp (light blue shading; Sincock et al. 1983, Scott et al. 1986); and about 1974–1987, in small southeast sector of Alaka‘i Swamp (dark blue shading). Alaka‘i Swamp is a generalized region that has no precise boundary; its border, open to interpretation, is shown as a dashed line.

Figure 3. Vocalizations of Kauai Oo

Selected examples of long complex Kaua‘i ‘Ö‘ö song series recorded by Thane K. Pratt 15 Aug 1976, in Alaka‘i Swamp, Kaua‘i I. At least 9 song types were sung in a rough order, AI. There appears to be a B song type sung without terminal low note, usually followed by another song type in close proximity, labeled B’. Examples of song types in sequence are as follows: (A) A B C D, (B) B’ B’ B’ E, (C) B’ B’ C DB, (D) D DB, (E) B B C D DB B’ B’ E, and (F) B’ B C F G H I. Entire song, three-fourths of which is in first song series in Pratt 1996, is as follows: A B C D B C D B’ B’ B’E B’B’B C DB B B C D DB B’B’E C D B B’B C F G H I. Interpretation of song types by Gerald E. Hough II. Sonograms prepared by Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics, Ohio State University, using Kay Elemetrics DSP Sona-Graph 5500 (with 150-Hz effective frequency resolution and 200-point FFT transform size) from recordings of Library of Natural Sounds, Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University (LNS no. 56465).

Figure 5. Nestling Kaua'i 'Ö'ö of unknown age from first nest

Found by John L. Sincock, Alaka‘i Swamp, Kaua‘i I. on 31 May 1971. Chick was removed from nest on 11 Jun 1971 for examination and to be photographed. Photo by John L. Sincock.

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