Quietly Observe the Many Colorful Birds of Oahu
While birding (also known as birdwatching) isn’t as “sexy” as scuba diving, surf lessons, and swimming with spinner dolphins, there’s something genuinely soothing and uplifting about spotting a rare bird in the wild. There are nearly 200 distinct birds of Oahu, but only 16 of them are native (“endemic”) to this awe-inspiring land. Birdwatching tours in Hawaii are few and far between as there aren’t many experts in the state who offer guiding services. Prince Waikiki’s world-class concierge team has its thumb on the pulse of the prettiest birding destinations here in Oahu. Seek out their services upon arrival to book a half- or full-day birding tour through a local outfitter.
20 Birds of Oahu: A Comprehensive Checklist
As mentioned above, there are nearly 200 thriving birds of Oahu that survey this island’s dense forestry, dramatic shoreline, jagged mountains, and quiet neighborhoods. The entire list of species can be found here, but here are 20 birds that adventurers may spot on a tour or self-guided journey. Click the links below to learn more about each bird.
- Bristle-thighed curlew
- Common myna
- Japanese white-eye (as pictured on the right)
- Java sparrow
- Lesser scaup
- Northern pintail
- Pacific golden plover
- Red-billed leiothrix
- Red-vented bulbul
- Ruddy turnstone
- Wandering tattler
- White-rumped shama
- White tern
3 Top-Rated Oahu Birding Tours
The best way to effortlessly spot an array of native Hawaiian birds is to embark on a guided birding tour. While it’s unlikely to log over 100 birds of Oahu during one of these expeditions, each tour should cross paths with the prettiest endemic species, such as the ʻamakihi, ʻapapane, and ʻelepaio.
- Hawaii Birding Babe (five to nine hours, $165-$420)
- Hawaii Forest & Trail (10 hours, $191)
- Oahu Nature Tours (four to five hours, $320-$395)
Prince Waikiki: A Modern Honolulu Hotel
After seeking, observing, and documenting nearly 100 distinct, beautiful birds of Hawaii, return to Prince Waikiki for an evening of sophistication and natural beauty. Soak inside the marina-front infinity pool, enjoy a sunset dinner at 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar, and revel inside the VIP Prince Waikiki Club. And, after waking with the sun, slip back down to 100 Sails for the best breakfast buffet in Waikiki, complete with made-to-order omelets, Belgian waffles, okayu, and so many Japanese delicacies.
Prince’s concierge team has insider knowledge on the best birdwatching tours in Hawaii, including the three mentioned above. They can be reached at 1-808-944-4423.