Endangered Species Program
Conserving the Nature of America

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Hawaiian Bird Conservation
Partner: San Diego Zoo


The population of the palila, a Hawaiian songbird that the Fish and Wildlife Service listed as endangered in 1967 under the predecessor to the 1973 Endangered Species Act, has declined dramatically in recent years according to surveys conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, Fish and Wildlife Service, and other organizations. Among the reasons for the decline are habitat loss, fires, drought, avian disesases, habitat modification due to grazing by feral livestock, and predation by feral cats and rats.

Last updated: April 20, 2011