Kauai Nature Colours the Cloud Forests!
In Kauai, the fourth largest island in Hawaii, you will find one of the wettest places on Earth with an average annual rainfall of 11,700 millimetres and you will hear the music the Hawaiian honeycreepers play while hiding in the Cloud Forests. They make the county a paradise on earth.
Large parts of the mountainous Kauai are shrouded in clouds. Moist trade winds from the Pacific Ocean sweep in over the mountainous landscape, falls and clouds hovering right over the peaks and create lush and mossy forests.
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Such reserves bring the Hawaii islands to the top of the world's tourism industry. As Hawaii comprises of many islands, there are main eight islands in the state, which lie in the central Pacific Ocean in an area of 6,423 square miles and 1,275,194 people only inhabit most of these islands
Beautiful sites and attractions scattered in all directions and they include rich forestry and wildlife in the following tourism attractions:
Pu'u Ka Pele Forest Reserve at the west,
Alakai Wilderness Preserve at the south,
Na'pali-Kona Forest Reserve at the south west,
Lihue-Koloa Forest Reserve at the south and east,
Koke'e State Park and Na Pali Coast State Park at the north-west,
Moloa'a Forest Reserve and Mamalahoa Forest Reserve at the north east.
There are big islands in Hawaii such as Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu. Hawaii comprises also of five counties respectively mentioned here by their wideness, such as Hawaii County, 5,087 square miles, Honolulu County, 2,127 square miles, Kauai County, 1,266 square miles, Maui County, 2,399 square miles and Kalawao County, 52 square miles.
There is a rich life of beautiful birds in the islands. Numerous birds, more than hundred species make the richest zoogeographic scene in the world, enrich the beautiful forests by colours and sounds, and make them an entire paradise on earth.
Among those birds are Hawaiian geese, ducks, swans, siskin, cowbirds, sparrows, grackles, crows, pigeons, doves, cuckoos, eagles, parrots, sandgrouse, chukar, Christmas shearwater, Hawaiian hawk, black-crowned night heron, laysan rail, semipalmated sandpiper, Pacific golden plover, yellow-billed cuckoo and Hawaiian honeycreepers.
The beautiful and colourful Hawaiian honeycreepers live high in the cloud forests, where the climate is cool. They are endemic birds of Hawaii. These rare birds use their long, curved beaks for sipping nectar from flowers while hovering in the air like hummingbirds and generate musical sounds from nasal whining as clear as flute call.
The species of honeycreeper in Hawaii live in altitudes above 1,500 metres where the climate is too cool for mosquitoes. Most of the Hawaiian honeycreepers are only 10-13 centimetres long and weighs no more than 8 grams, and they are very vulnerable to diseases such as bird malaria.
The Cloud Forests in Hawaii make one of the ecosystems on Earth that is most sensitive to climate change. Even relatively small shifts in weather patterns can cause large local changes that will strain the islands' special ecosystem.
Because of deforestation and non-indigenous species such as pigs and goats, the Hawaiian honeycreeper's habitat has been seriously reduced in recent years and they are now endangered species.
With the expected future temperature rise, mosquitoes will probably have a foothold in the higher elevations in the Kauai Mountains and slowly drive Hawaii honeycreeper out of the fog forests.
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