For you and me, a single mosquito bite probably isn’t much more than an annoyance.
The colorful Hawaiian birds known as ‘i’iwi aren’t so lucky.
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For these increasingly rare birds, one mosquito nibble means almost certain death.
Mosquitoes are not native to Hawaii. The insects first arrived on the islands about two centuries ago, and with them came the parasite that causes avian malaria (a different form of the disease that can affect humans).