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Updated on February 4, 2015

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The Most Visible Birds of Oahu

As we go along our life path we are never alone. Everywhere we are there are birds to keep us company. While waiting at the bus stop little zebra doves appear usually looking for some delicious morsels you may want to share. The minahs fly in pairs mostly. The sparrow are nervously never coming too near yet are always around singing their chatter. Sometimes you'll see pigeons flying by mostly congregating near the library at Punchbowl and South King Street. I don't see pigeons everywhere on Oahu. These are the common everyday birds on Oahu the zebra dove, minah bird, sparrow and pigeons. Bird watching waiting for an unusual visitor is fun, but you'll have to be patient for nature takes it's own course to let you discover her beautiful creatures the birds. Below you'll see some of the common birds on Oahu that I took with my little Vivitar with no bird watching equipment. Without a zoom it's not as good as I hope it would be.

A friendly zebra dove visiting my backyard one day in Dec.2014.
A friendly zebra dove visiting my backyard one day in Dec.2014. | Source
Pigeons grazing at the Main Library corner of S. King St. & Punchbowl St. one day in Dec. 2014.
Pigeons grazing at the Main Library corner of S. King St. & Punchbowl St. one day in Dec. 2014. | Source

Birds I've Seen On Oahu

Having only a little Vivitar that I'm just learning to use is not an asset for bird watching. I do enjoy seeing the wildlife of Oahu. Here is a list of some of the birds that I've seen around Oahu mostly on the Leeward area of Oahu:

  • House Finch
  • Golden Plover - male
  • White Terns
  • Chestnut Mannikin or Chestnut Munia
  • Saffron Finch
  • Mynah Birds
  • Egrets
  • Cardinals - Red Crested Cardinal
  • Hawaiian Stilts
  • Java Rice Sparrow

House Finch Singing by Marie C. (SmallAquaponics)

Pacific Golden Plover by Philip Parsons

Birds I've Seen On Oahu

White Tern. It's snowy white and majestic flying near the Main library. I notice they fly to trees of Iolani Palace.
White Tern. It's snowy white and majestic flying near the Main library. I notice they fly to trees of Iolani Palace. | Source
Chestnut Mannikin or Chestnut Munia. I've seen them by Salt Lake Library parking lot and by Bishop Museum so far.
Chestnut Mannikin or Chestnut Munia. I've seen them by Salt Lake Library parking lot and by Bishop Museum so far. | Source
Saffron Finch couple that I saw on the Big Island is the same as this little bird in the picture taken in Kalihi.
Saffron Finch couple that I saw on the Big Island is the same as this little bird in the picture taken in Kalihi. | Source
Mynah bird in Kapiolani Park.
Mynah bird in Kapiolani Park. | Source
Egrets are seen on Oahu from the Windward to the Leeward areas of Oahu. They sometimes follow the grass cutters in their machines cutting grass-it's so much fun seeing egrets gleefully following the grass cutting machine.
Egrets are seen on Oahu from the Windward to the Leeward areas of Oahu. They sometimes follow the grass cutters in their machines cutting grass-it's so much fun seeing egrets gleefully following the grass cutting machine. | Source
The Red Crested Cardinals are a familiar sight here at Oahu.
The Red Crested Cardinals are a familiar sight here at Oahu. | Source
Hawaiian Stilts a rare sight for they love very quiet and marshy places. I often observe them at watercrest farms or the marshy area in Pearl City.
Hawaiian Stilts a rare sight for they love very quiet and marshy places. I often observe them at watercrest farms or the marshy area in Pearl City. | Source
This little bird is a Java Rice Sparrow. Very shy birds that prefers the quiet spaces.
This little bird is a Java Rice Sparrow. Very shy birds that prefers the quiet spaces. | Source

More Birds On Oahu That I've Seen

As the decades go by you experience more and see more. Here are more birds that I observed as they observe me.

More Birds That I've Seen On Oahu

The White Eyed Bird or commonly called Mejiro is seen on cooler days at Main Library trees or Manoa.
The White Eyed Bird or commonly called Mejiro is seen on cooler days at Main Library trees or Manoa. | Source
I usually see little Bulbuls by Main Library trees, near my home searching for food.
I usually see little Bulbuls by Main Library trees, near my home searching for food. | Source
Spotted doves are everywhere on Oahu. I usually see them near my home.
Spotted doves are everywhere on Oahu. I usually see them near my home. | Source
Waxbills are so tiny and cute. I usually see them by the Main Library, Iolani Palace grounds or by Neil S. Blaisdell grassy lawns.
Waxbills are so tiny and cute. I usually see them by the Main Library, Iolani Palace grounds or by Neil S. Blaisdell grassy lawns. | Source
Sparrows are just about everywhere I go on Oahu. Their cheery chatter keeps you company when you wait for the bus.
Sparrows are just about everywhere I go on Oahu. Their cheery chatter keeps you company when you wait for the bus. | Source
Female Golden Plover or Kolea in Hawaiian is very fun to watch. I see them at quiet grassy areas like at the Kalihi Transit Center, Kalihi Stream, the grassy lawn of the Main LIbrary.
Female Golden Plover or Kolea in Hawaiian is very fun to watch. I see them at quiet grassy areas like at the Kalihi Transit Center, Kalihi Stream, the grassy lawn of the Main LIbrary. | Source
The owl living on Oahu are shy birds and rarely seen. The only one I've seen was on the way to church at Makakilo way back in the 1970s.
The owl living on Oahu are shy birds and rarely seen. The only one I've seen was on the way to church at Makakilo way back in the 1970s. | Source
This beautiful rarely seen Hawaiian Black-Crowned Night Heron also visits Kalihi Stream near the Kalihi Bus Transit Center.
This beautiful rarely seen Hawaiian Black-Crowned Night Heron also visits Kalihi Stream near the Kalihi Bus Transit Center. | Source
The ones on Oahu that I've seen are swimming were swimming in the lake by Chinese Cultural Plaza, behind McDonalds Drive In at Slat Lake and by Waimalu Elementary school drainage pond & Waolani Stream & Nuuanu Stream meet @ Chinese Cultural Plaza.
The ones on Oahu that I've seen are swimming were swimming in the lake by Chinese Cultural Plaza, behind McDonalds Drive In at Slat Lake and by Waimalu Elementary school drainage pond & Waolani Stream & Nuuanu Stream meet @ Chinese Cultural Plaza. | Source
Where there is a chicken you'll find wild roosters too! I've seen them by Kalihi Marukai Mart, Kukui Garden front lawn & Lilioukalani Botanical Garden.
Where there is a chicken you'll find wild roosters too! I've seen them by Kalihi Marukai Mart, Kukui Garden front lawn & Lilioukalani Botanical Garden. | Source
I usually see green parrots at the Main Library by King St. & haven't seen parrots anywhere else on Oahu. This site has nice pics better than what my camera can do.
I usually see green parrots at the Main Library by King St. & haven't seen parrots anywhere else on Oahu. This site has nice pics better than what my camera can do. | Source
Spotted turttle doves are everywhere on Oahu. I hope you visit this site for owner has seen other birds on Oahu with better camera.
Spotted turttle doves are everywhere on Oahu. I hope you visit this site for owner has seen other birds on Oahu with better camera. | Source
There is a wild chicken that furrows for food near Marukai Mart in Kalihi. Sometimes she is with her chicks and rooster husband too.
There is a wild chicken that furrows for food near Marukai Mart in Kalihi. Sometimes she is with her chicks and rooster husband too. | Source

New Birds

When I see more birds I'll hope to have pictures of them here.

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Birds Of Other Islands

When I went to the Big Island we visited the Painted Church. In one of the trees that border the parking lot was a beautiful saffron finch couple watching our every move-"tourists"! I have never seen them on Oahu, so I stood a while soaking them in my memory. We finished the educational tour of the Big Island with happy memories and one is of the saffron finch at the Painted Church. In the video below you'll see birds of the Big Island. My camera is just a little Vivitar with no zoom sticking out of it so I do the best that I can. The video is done by an expert photographer unlike me. On the bus ride to the Painted Church I happen to see pheasants grazing in the wild too.

As I was growing up we visited Kauai, Maui & the Big Island. I only saw the common birds we see here on Oahu: English sparrows, mynah birds, zebra doves and spotted turtle doves aside of the saffron finch and pheasants.

(The Big Island's Birds) "Unique birds of Hawaii" by Jack Jeffrey (Hawaiian Skies)

Bird's Eye Views Of Molokai & Lanai

When you see this it's as if you're floating over Molokai & Lanai-enjoy! It has just a few wildlife shots and magnificent scenery of Molokai & Lanai-I just had to share with you!

Molokai and Lanai Aerials by ScenicHawaiiCh1000

Nature Is Sometimes Unusual

You'd see a beautiful flower blooming in the wild and you marvel at what nature does! Natutre gives us some anomalies and the unusual in the world of birds too. Ornithologists have found a half male and half female cardinal in the wild. Ornithologists believe that the bird is both male and female in one bird. In the marine biological world oysters begin life as a males than turn into female as it anchors itself to start a different phase of life for the oyster. Here is a link to help understand what scientists have found from The WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife:

* http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/oysters/facts.html .

From Barnegat Bay Shellfish site explains yet again about the oyster starting out as a male than changes into a female:

* http://barnegatshellfish.org/oyster_lifecycle_02.htm .

Half male half female Northern Cardinal by Ovidiu Radu

This Ultra Rare Butterfly is Half Male, Half Female by NerdAlert (This video has a half rooster & half hen bird too.)

DLNR Introduction to Kure Atoll State Wildlife Sanctuary by https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC726bMG17Ens17QPPt93DBA

"Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge

The Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Pacific Remote Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Established in 1909 by Theodore Roosevelt's Executive Order 1019, the refuge covers the northwestern Hawaiian Islands, with the exception of Midway and Kure Atolls.

It consists of a chain of islands, reefs, and atolls, including Nihoa, Necker, French Frigate Shoals, Gardner Pinnacles, Maro Reef, Laysan Island, Lisianski Island, and Pea

— http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=12526

List Of Bird Sanctuaries Of Hawaii

* http://www.hawaiiforvisitors.com/oahu/attractions/bird-sanctuaries.htm .

* http://www.fws.gov/refuges/ .

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Nice introduction of the birds in your area. Does anyone sight the alala these days?

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