by Sarah Sniffen
Anianiau hawaiian honeycreeper
Under the crisp sun, I sit on a branch looking throughout the forest for food before I take off. Flying above the trees gives me a great advantage for finding food, such as the 'ohi'a tree that blooms a pink fluffy flowers that we take the nectar from. That flowers holds the best nectar but if those flowers aren't at a blooming period, I could always eat the arthropods that hides in trees, logs or anything that is filled with arthropods.
I don't think what kind eats has changed over the years but what I do know is that we didn't only eat arthropods when needed but we also ate other insects that would hide in trees.
Over the times I flew in the forest that I was born and raised in, I would come across weird looking animals that walks on two feet with wings that has no feathers and long sometimes short sticks at the end of their wings. They would wear weird feathers that doesn't even look like feathers to cover their body with large nest looking thingy's on their back. The noises they make are so disturbing that it interrupts my beautiful singing. One time, I overheard them saying that there are over 44,359 of my kind still living. I was so happy to hear that, that I told all of my kind that lived in the forest where I lived.
What could help my kind continue to live strongly would be to keep non-native plants away from our forest. We hate plants that we don't know in our beautiful forest, also keep feral animals away such as the large rats and cats. They scare my kind. I almost got attacked once. I sat on a short branch near the ground in search for any of those pink fluffy flowers, I heard a twig snap and when I turned my head I saw the most scariest looking rat, it looked like he was ready to eat so I whistled at him as and flew away before he could attack me again. I hate those rats, they hurt so much of my kind yet we are still living strong. Please keep us alive by keeping those large rats out of our forests. We want to feel safe and secure and fly freely without worrying about being attacked.
We adapted to the Hawaiian islands by moving from forest to forest. Depending on each other,using the tress and flowers for food that has changed over the past. One honeycreeper species move from one island to a newer one. Those birds encounter new habitat and ecological niches that may cause them to adapt and branch off into distinct species