Hemignathus vorpalis Olson & James

Giant Nukupuu (Hemignathus vorpalis)

The Giant Nukupuu was described in 2003 based on subfossil remains that were found in 1993 in the so-called Petrel Cave on the island of Hawai’i, Hawaiian Islands.

The species had an elongated, slightly down-curved upper beak and a much shorter, likewise down-curved under beak; its habits are unknown and no recent bird has a similar beak. [1]



[1] Helen F. James; Storrs L. Olson: A giant new species of nukupuu (Fringillidae: Drepanidini: Hemignathus) from the island of Hawaii. The Auk. 120(4): 970–981. 2003


edited: 23.08.2022