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The Birds and Plants of Hawaii
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Birds played a vital role in populating the Hawaiian islands with plants.


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Three-quarters of Hawaii’s native flowering plants probably came from seeds that hitched rides with birds. Sticky or barbed seeds adhere to the feathers. Other seeds travel in mud caked on a bird’s feet. And still others cross the ocean in the stomachs of birds. The most likely seed-carriers were strong fliers. Today, both the flora and fauna of Hawaii compete for survival with invasive plants.

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