Hawaiian Honeycreepers (Drepanididae)

Maui Alauahio (Paroreomyza montana) - HBW 15, p. 649

French: Alauahio de Maui German: Mauiastläufer Spanish: Alauahio de Maui
Other common names: Alauahio, Maui/Lanai Creeper, Creeper

Taxonomy: Himatione montana S. B. Wilson, 1890, Lanai.
Placement of genus in present family questioned, but DNA studies indicate that it is a very early branch of the family. This species was in the past sometimes placed in genus Loxops. Has been considered conspecific with P. maculata, and both were until recently combined in a single species with P. flammea (now extinct), Oreomystis bairdi and Manucerthia mana. Somewhat duller-backed birds on Maui described as race newtoni, distinct from those on Lanai (where now extinct), but differences only slight and probably represent fragments of a former cline. M.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Himatione montana S. B. Wilson, 1890, Lanai.
Placement of genus in present family questioned, but DNA studies indicate that it is a very early branch of the family. This species was in the past sometimes placed in genus Loxops. Has been considered conspecific with P. maculata, and both were until recently combined in a single species with P. flammea (now extinct), Oreomystis bairdi and Manucerthia mana. Somewhat duller-backed birds on Maui described as race newtoni, distinct from those on Lanai (where now extinct), but differences only slight and probably represent fragments of a former cline. Monotypic.

Distribution: Maui, in Hawaiian Is.