Giant nukupu'u

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Giant nukupu'u
Temporal range: Late Holocene
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Subfamily: Carduelinae
Genus: Hemignathus
Species: H. vorpalis
Binomial name
Hemignathus vorpalis
James & Olson, 2003

The giant nukupuʻu (Hemignathus vorpalis) is an extinct species of finch in the Fringillidae family, which is only known from fossil remains. It was endemic to Hawaii. Its extinction is believed to have occurred within the last 3000 years, but exact timing and reasons remain unclear. It was larger and had a different bill morphology than the remaining members of the genus Hemignathus.


  • James, Helen F., & Olson, Storrs L. (2003). A giant new species of nukupuu (Fringillidae: Drepanidini: Hemignathus) from the island of Hawaii. The Auk. 120(4): 970-981.