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Palila (Loxiodes bailleui), Honeycreeper, colored pencil

About the illustration:
Commissioned by: Wisconsin Sea Grant, University of Wisconsin­Madison

About Palilas:
This bird is a Hawaiian honeycreeper with a yellow breast and gray belly. It is about six or seven inches long. It is in the finch family and is endangered due to habitat destruction. The palila has a symbiotic relationship with the mamane tree. According to the USGS Biological Resources Division Pacific Island Ecosystems,

"The palila is currently the last remaining finch-billed Hawaiian honeycreeper to exist in the main islands, and the only remaining Hawaiian bird that lives exclusively in dry forests." (See web page.)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata (having a spinal chord)
Class: Aves (birds)
Order: Passeriformes (perching birds)
Family: Fringillidae (finch family)
Genus: Loxioides
Species: L. bailleui

For more information about palilas:
Audubon Watch List: Padila

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