Hawaii Oo Moho nobilis


Justification of Red List Category
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.

Population justification
None remain.

Distribution and population

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).


It was found in moist montane forest.


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).


Text account compilers
Brooks, T., Khwaja, N., Mahood, S., Martin, R

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Moho nobilis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/10/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/10/2022.