Hawaiian birds

Audubon Wildlife Report
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Edited by: Roger L. Di Silvestro


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Hawaii's 132 islands, reefs, and shoals extend 1,523 miles from the southernmost island of Hawaii to the northernmost islands at Kure Atoll. The northernmost islands, now eroded almost to sea level, are about 27 million years old, whereas the still-forming island of Hawaii is only about 750,000 years old. The Hawaiian Islands are the most isolated in the world and, as such, have developed many species and subspecies of plants and animals found nowhere else. the arrival of few ancestral species and the isolation of the islands, with their varying ages, elevations, climates, and microhabitats, were ideal for creating this great endemic biota through adaptive radiation.

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Organization Series
Title Hawaiian birds
Series title Audubon Wildlife Report
ISBN 0930698215
Year Published 1985
Language English
Publisher National Audubon Society
Publisher location New York, NY
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description xvii, 671
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype Organization Series
Larger Work Title Audubon wildlife report 1985
First page 549
Last page 562