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800px-Moho nobilis-Keulemans
Hawaiʻi ʻōʻō (Moho nobilis)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Mohoidae

Mohoidae is a extinct family of nectarivorous songbirds in the genera Moho (ʻŌʻō) and Chaetoptila (Kioea). These now extinct birds form their own family, representing the only complete extinction of an entire avian family in modern times, when the disputed family Turnagridae is disregarded for being invalid.

Until recently, the birds in this genus were thought to belong to the family Meliphagidae (honeyeaters) because they looked and acted so similar to members of that family, including many morphological details. A 2008 study argued, on the basis of a phylogenetic analysis of DNA from museum specimens, that the genera Moho and Chaetoptila do not belong to the Meliphagidae but instead belong to a group that includes the waxwings and the palmchat; they appear especially close to the silky-flycatchers. The authors proposed a family, Mohoidae, for these two extinct genera.


ChaetoptilaKioea (Peale, 1848) (Chaetoptila angustipluma)
†Moho (ʻŌʻō)
 †Oʻahu ʻōʻō (Gould, 1860) (Moho apicalis)
 †Bishop's ʻōʻō (Rothschild, 1893) (Moho bishopi)
 †Kauaʻi ʻōʻō (Cassin, 1855) (Moho braccatus)
 †Hawaiʻi ʻōʻō (Merrem, 1786) (Moho nobilis)