Male Hawaiian Akepa is rare and the smallest bird in Hawaii. The ʻakepa (Loxops sp.) are a group of one of the smallest Hawaiian forest birds, at four inches long and weighing 10 grams. Adult males sport one of the most brilliant orange colors found in any bird, a plumage which takes four years to develop. The 'Akepa are highly endangered.
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