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Hawaiian crows released in forest show promising behavior

The Alala. (Image: DLNR) The Alala. (Image: DLNR)

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A group of native Hawaii crows called alalas has been adjusting to a new environment after being released six months ago into the Puu Makaala Natural Area Reserve.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Wednesday that researchers say the 11 young birds, introduced into the forest through a captive breeding program, have been showing increased natural behaviors.

The species of crow is extinct in the wild.

Scientists with the Alala Project say they remain cautiously optimistic about the birds' continued success.

Researchers released an earlier group of five juvenile males in December 2016, but three died within a week. The remaining two were brought back into captivity.

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