Saving the Millerbird |
Nihoa Millerbird by Jack Jeffrey
The Nihoa Millerbird and Laysan Millerbird are regarded as subspecies of the same species. The Laysan Millerbird became extinct around 1923 as a result depredation on the vegetation of Laysan Island by introduced European rabbits. The Nihoa Millerbird is endemic to the remote island of Nihoa, only 155 acres in size, of which less than 100 are vegetated, the rest being rock or bare soil. The island is part of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (or Papahānaumokuākea) Marine National Monument, and can be visited only with access permits. Millerbird population estimates since the 1960s have ranged from 31 to 731, with an average of 381.
American Bird Conservancy has made the Nihoa Millerbird one of its high-priority species for our bird conservation work in Hawai’i. With support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and in close partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners, our goal is to double the population of this endangered bird through the translocation of birds and creation of a second population on Laysan Island.
Success!! Millerbirds translocated to Laysan to create a second population of this threatened species - read our September press release.