Moho nobilis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Moho nobilis
Species Authority: (Merrem, 1786)
Common Name(s):
English Hawaii Oo, Hawai'i 'O'o
Taxonomic Notes: The genera Chaetoptila and Moho were formerly placed in Meliphagidae but have been moved to a newly-created family Mohoidae following AOU (2009).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Symes, A. & Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S.
This species was known from the Hawaiian island of Lana'i, USA, but it was last recorded in 1934 and is now Extinct. Habitat destruction and introduced disease were probably the major causes.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Moho nobilis was only found in forest on the Big Island of Hawai`i, USA (Pratt et al. 1987). It was last collected in 1898 and last seen in 1934 (Munro 1944).

Regionally extinct:
United States
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It was found in moist montane forest.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Its decline to extinction was presumably caused by both habitat destruction and disease. While it has been shown that the feathers of this species were used in early Hawaiian ornaments, it is thought that collection played only a minor role in its extinction relative to other factors (Amante-Helweg and Conant 2009).

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Moho nobilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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