Hawaii experts say two native bird populations have declined by more than half and could face extinction.

Two of the island's native birds are declining at an alarming rate according to the Maui Forest Bird Recovery project.  The Kiwikiu, also known as the Maui Parrotbill and 'akohekohe, Maui's crested honey creeper, have declined by at least 50% in the last 20 to 30 years.  The birds are endemic to Maui and researchers blame avian malaria as one of the reasons for the decline.