Mosquitoes are threatening the population of rare birds on Maui

Mosquitoes are threatening the population of rare birds on Maui
They're considered to be the most threatened among Maui’s honeycreeper family.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) -Mosquitoes are having a negative impact on the efforts to save the Kiwikiu in the forests of Haleakala, the state said.

State wildlife experts recently released 13 of the critically endangered Maui Parrotbills in the leeward forests of Haleakala.

They’re hoping to establish a backup colony. Unfortunately, scientists say nine of the birds died, possibly from avian malaria.

The team says it’s a reminder that Hawaii needs to do more to control the mosquitoes that spread diseases.

Kiwikiu are rare and endangered birds. Fewer than about 300 of the birds remain in the wild.

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