As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Nihoa Millerbird given Hawaiian name

UPDATED 3:49 PM HST May 22, 2014

HONOLULU —The Nihoa Millerbird, an endangered terrestrial bird species living exclusively within Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, has been given a Hawaiian name.
Developed by the national monument's Native Hawaiian Cultural Working Group, the name reflects Hawaiian cultural perspectives of this bird as well as its characteristics and behaviors.

"Developing new Hawaiian names for species in Papahanaumokuakea that have either lost or never had a Hawaiian name is an important step towards honoring Hawaiian traditions and maintaining a living culture here in our islands," says Kekuewa Kikiloi, Assistant Professor at the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai'i - Manoa and chairman of the PMNM Native Hawaiian Cultural Working Group.

Hawaiian names were given to the Nihoa Millerbird, or ululu, as well as the new population of Nihoa Millerbirds established on Laysan Island -- ululu niau.

"These new names help to connect these life forms to the genealogy of Hawai'i. As best as possible, we try to ensure that these names are consistent with the Hawaiian world view and traditional ecological knowledge of our homeland," says Kikiloi.

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