This badass motherfucker is ‘Io (ee-oh), the Hawaiian Hawk.
The Io is the only Hawk in Hawaii, and its range is pretty much limited to Big Island, with the occasional migration to Maui or Oahu.  These guys are tiny (they weigh less than a pound), but as with many raptors they possess that certain je ne sais quoi that makes us say “Holy shit, look at that fucking bird up there!”
The ancient Hawaiians saw it.  They were all like “Yeah, this dude is regal as fuck.  We should equate him with the monarchy, for reals, yo.”
And that’s exactly how it went.  Indeed, the big ass building the king lived in on Oahu is dubbed “Iolani” Palace, meaning “Exalted Hawk”.
I snapped this photo with my macro lens at the Pana Ewa Zoo last week where their resident male was all like “Whatevs, bro.  You look like an idiot with your camera face pressed up against my enclosure.”

This badass motherfucker is ‘Io (ee-oh), the Hawaiian Hawk.

The Io is the only Hawk in Hawaii, and its range is pretty much limited to Big Island, with the occasional migration to Maui or Oahu.  These guys are tiny (they weigh less than a pound), but as with many raptors they possess that certain je ne sais quoi that makes us say “Holy shit, look at that fucking bird up there!”

The ancient Hawaiians saw it.  They were all like “Yeah, this dude is regal as fuck.  We should equate him with the monarchy, for reals, yo.”

And that’s exactly how it went.  Indeed, the big ass building the king lived in on Oahu is dubbed “Iolani” Palace, meaning “Exalted Hawk”.

I snapped this photo with my macro lens at the Pana Ewa Zoo last week where their resident male was all like “Whatevs, bro.  You look like an idiot with your camera face pressed up against my enclosure.”

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