Need ID for Hawaiian Bird

by Lorraine
(Huntington Beach CA)

We saw several of these birds in Bird Park on the big island of Hawaii, near Volcano National Park. They were often in pairs on the ground.

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Nov 19, 2014
by: david zou

Not only in Hawaii this birds is found abundantly inside the forest in southern parts of manipur India,around Indo-myanmar border. Like Lunjang village, behiang village, etc.

Jan 15, 2013
bird ID
by: Tom Sakiyama

I believe you have a Kalij Pheasant. I photographed these at Kipuka park near the Volcano park.

Oct 31, 2010
by: Anonymous

The Kalij Pheasant is one of 12 game birds that were introduced into Hawaii. Brought to the islands in 1962, this bird's population is rapidly increasing.

The male and female Kalij differ considerably in looks. The male is quite striking and is mainly bluish black with white speckling on its lower back. The male has bright red around the eyes. The females, on the other hand, are fairly plain. They are a medium brown color with darker and lighter spots.

The Kalij are almost always in clusters of male and female, or several males to females. The birds are monogamous and share the brood together. A HVNP Park Survey in 2002 found that 85% of the young Kalij being born were male. Many of the male stay with the family and help the parents raise the next generation. They are quick runners, but will fly if frightened. They are usually found on the ground during the day and in the trees at night.

One of the best places to see the Kalij Pheasant is up in the Volcano area, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, and the HVNP Bird Park area. The can be spotted around the roads just before sunrise and sunset.

Oct 30, 2010
Kalij Pheasant
by: Susan

The Kali Pheasant has been introduced to Hawaii, where it is considered an invasive species because it consumes and disperses seeds of invasive plant species. Males are rather variable depending on the subspecies involved, but all have an at least partially glossy bluish-black plumage, while females are overall brownish. Both genders have a bare red face and greyish legs.

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