HONOLULU (AP) — Wildlife agencies say two native bird populations on Maui have declined by more than half, a report said.
Fewer than 312 Maui parrotbills and 2,411 crested honeycreepers remain in the wild.
The U.S. Geological Survey, the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife and other agencies published the finding in a new inter-agency monitoring report.
There are 50% fewer of the two Hawaiian honeycreeper species than in previous population estimates, the report said.
“Without intervention, these changes are projected to cause population decline and additional extinction of the remaining Hawaiian forest birds,” Hannah Mounce of the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project said in a published statement.