Bird Conservation Region 67


This chain of volcanic islands is the richest area for endemic landbirds in the United States. Because of significant disturbances from introduced species, including disease-bearing mosquitoes, and conversion of large areas to agriculture or other uses, Hawaii also has the nation’s highest concentration of endangered species. About 12 forest birds in the chain became extinct during the 20th century, and many others are very close to that brink. The main island chain supports important seabird breeding populations, including the endangered Dark-rumped Petrel and Newell’s Shearwater. The Leeward Islands host immense numbers of nesting seabirds, including important colonies of Black-footed and Laysan Albatrosses; Bonin Petrels; boobies; frigatebirds; and Gray-backed, Sooty, Noddy, and White Terns. Pelagic waters provide essential foraging sites for numerous shearwaters, petrels, terns, and other seabirds.

Bird Conservation Plans
Landbirds -
Shorebirds - Hawaii/Pacific Islands, Hawaiian Islands Subregion
Waterbirds - Pacific Islands
Waterfowl -
All Birds -

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Note: Hawaii (not shown) is BCR 67

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