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White-eye vss. Pāpala kēpau

Japanese white-eye or Mejiro (Zosterops japonicus); alien.

Pāpala kēpau (Pisonia brunoniana); indigenous

Waimea Valley Audubon Center (now Waimea Valley), Oʻahu, Hawaii

 

"A bird in the hand..."

No worries, I was very gently with the tiny creature. With some TLC and a little Ivory liquid soap, the mejiro survived.

 

Check out the number of bugs "glued" to the pāpala kēpau seeds!

 

See another species of pāpala kēpau at:

nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Pisonia_umbellifera

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Taken on October 23, 2005