Telespiza aff. ypsilon ‘Maui’

Lua Lepo Finch (Telespiza sp.)

The Lua Lepo Finch is most likely an undescribed species closely related to the Maui Nui Finch (Telespiza ypsilon James & Olson), it also is known from the island of Maui, Hawaiian Islands, yet apparently inhabited the higher elevations while the other species was mainly a lowland species. 

The Lua Lepo Finch differed from its congener by being about 22% smaller. [1]



[1] S. L. Olson; H. F. James: Descriptions of thirty-two new species of birds from the Hawaiian Islands: Part II. Passeriformes. Ornithological Monographs 45: 1-91. 1991  


edited: 17.06.2020