Hawaii species endangered status being reviewed

HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service is reviewing whether a Hawaii bird and 50 Hawaii plants should continue to be considered threatened and endangered species.

The review is part of a regular study the Endangered Species Act requires of protected species every five years.

The bird being examined is the Oahu elepaio, a dark brown and white bird that's found only on Oahu. The bird was listed as endangered in 2000, and is threatened by rats, low reproduction rates, disease and wildfires.

The plants under review include the haha, mahoe, and pauoa.

The agency said last Wednesday it would accept comments from the public on the review through Jan. 24. It's also studying the status of seven other species in California, Oregon, and Washington states.

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