Saturday, March 12, 2011

Exotics in Hawaii

This White-rumped Shama, a tropical thrush from Asia, is one of many species established in Hawaii. All of the native songbirds seem to need native forest, while established exotics such as this seem to do fine in the "phony" tropical thickets found at lower elevations, where all of the native forest is gone.

I posted a video at YouTube. At first you hear the rushing of Manoa Falls and the whining of my first cousin-once-removed AJ Smith. Then at the end, you hear his sister TJ saying,"Let's go now!"

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