The ʻalalā, Hawaiian Crow (Corvus hawaiiensis), is an endemic and endangered corvid, or crow species, that went extinct in the wild in 2002 on the island of Hawaiʻi. They were maintained in captivity and are being reintroduced with more success now than ever before. They are an island legacy and a critical strand in a web of complex ecological connections. Although omnivorous, ʻalalā rely heavily on native forest fruits, which makes their primary role one of seed disperser. Their loud voice (sometimes likened to a child's cry), striking dark feathers, and large size make them a unique presence within Hawaiʻi's forests. With the motto "E hoʻolāʻau hou ka ʻalalā" - May the ʻalalā gather once more in their forest home - The ʻAlalā Project works toward strengthening that continued presence, aided by a community of support and partners including: State of Hawaiʻi DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, San Diego Zoo Global, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Three Mountain Alliance, Kamehameha Schools, U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, PCSU, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.
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