Chatterbox guard of the jungle

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This little guy is hard to spot, but you’ll sure hear him if he’s around.

The Red-billed Leiothrix is a native of Southeast Asia, southern China, and the Himalayas of India, and has been in Hawaii since the early twentieth century.

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They were brought to the islands as pets, then one thing led to another, as is so often the case.

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Once you’re in their territory, they will sound the alarm and harangue you until you leave.

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Sometimes you can’t see them at all, or only catch a short glimpse as they dart through the bushes.  Took me a while to get some decent shots.

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They have very cool colors, a bright red bill, and a distinct notched tail.

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They’ll see you long before you see them.

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You will probably never see one in urban Honolulu, and they are not exactly common elsewhere.

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But once you find their little neighborhood in the elevated rain forest, they’re relatively easy to locate, or at least hear.

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It’s nice to know they’re there, doing their little thing to protect the jungle from intruders.

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Okay, okay, I’m leaving!  Sheesh!