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Fun unknown companion in Maui, Poli Poli (1 Viewer)

shaym

New member
Canada
Hi everyone!

I'm visiting home and this bird is up and about everytime I go for a walk in Kula, Poli Poli. BirdNet can't ID it but maybe you can help.

Poli Poli bird sound

Description: I'd say twice the size of a finch. He's very fast so it's been hard to see. I'd say maybe light brown?

Flight: very quick rapid flight, he doesn't glide at all. I'm always in the lower field and he flies above me circling the grassy hills. Doesn't seem to go into the forest .

I've heard him both during the morning around 9am and around 4-5pm.

My best guess, being very new to this was a Eurasia Skylark?

Thanks!! 🐦
 

KC Foggin

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I'm just going to jump in here and wish you a warm welcome to you from those of us on staff here at BirdForum (y)
We're glad you found us and please join in wherever you like ;)

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Alexander Stöhr

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Hello,
welcome to birdforum from me, too!

I must admit, I was puzzled. When I read your suggestion, I thought: why a Skylark on Hawaii (no offense)? But when I heard your recording, I agreed with you: it sounds good for a Skylark. The tones are quite sharp and your bird seems to lack melodious notes present/intermixed in many (but far from all) Skylarks, I know from Europe.
So searched and yes: Skylark was introduced to Hawaii.

Conclusion: yes, I agree with you, it sounds good for a Skylark. But a caveat: is there a species with an extremly similar song to a Skylark in Hawaii?
And more: the cycling flight action sounds good for Lark species in Europe (including Skylark)
I must admit: when the recording was from Germany, I wouldnt hesitate to ID this bird as a Eurasian Skylark with confidence.
 

shaym

New member
Canada
Hello,
welcome to birdforum from me, too!

I must admit, I was puzzled. When I read your suggestion, I thought: why a Skylark on Hawaii (no offense)? But when I heard your recording, I agreed with you: it sounds good for a Skylark. The tones are quite sharp and your bird seems to lack melodious notes present/intermixed in many (but far from all) Skylarks, I know from Europe.
So searched and yes: Skylark was introduced to Hawaii.

Conclusion: yes, I agree with you, it sounds good for a Skylark. But a caveat: is there a species with an extremly similar song to a Skylark in Hawaii?
And more: the cycling flight action sounds good for Lark species in Europe (including Skylark)
I must admit: when the recording was from Germany, I wouldnt hesitate to ID this bird as a Eurasian Skylark with confidence.

Thanks so much Alexander! I'm going to see if there is an similar species that has a similar sound but does sound like it's a Skylark!
 

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