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Hawai'i creepers are an inconspicuous grey and green, and are very easily confused with the far more numerous Hawaii Amakihi. The distinctive plumage characteristics such as the "racoon mask" across the eyes and the pale throat are most strongly developed in adult males, but aren't always obvious in females and juveniles. The creeper's bill is paler and straighter than that of the 'amakihi.
Windward Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. They are most easily observed in the Pua 'Akala tract of Hakalau Forest NWR, and can be found with great persistence in some of the larger kipukas on the eastern saddle along Powerline Road and Pu'u O'o Trail.
A recent proposal will place it in its own monotypic genus Manucerthia.
Only found at higher elevations.
Hawai'i creepers glean insects from trunks, branches and undergrowth. They will occasionally peck at and pick away bark. The similar-looking Hawai'i 'amakihi often have a similar foraging behavior, but creepers tend to prefer deeper canopy forest, and spend more time foraging lower on tree trunks and large branches than 'amakihi do.
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