WatchList Species Account for Oloma’o (Myadestes lanaiensis)

Qualifies for the list as a Red List Species


Olomao, Princeton University Press

© H. Douglas Pratt, Birds of Hawaii. Reprinted by permission of Princeton University Press.


The Oloma’o, endemic to Maui, Lanai and Molokai, has apparently become extinct on the first two islands, and has not been seen on Molokai since an unconfirmed record in 1988, despite continuing survey work. Though extinct on Maui before ornithologists began studies in the archipelago, it was reported to be common and ubiquitous on Lanai and Molokai in the late 19th century.


One remote plateau on Molokai has not been resurveyed recently, so there is at least a chance that the bird may still exist in this area.


The decline and probable disappearance of the Oloma’o can be attributed to the same causes that have decimated other Hawaiian passerines -- introduced avian diseases and habitat destruction.