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Endangered Birds of Hulē‘ia

Moorhen
  • Ae‘o

    Stilt thimbail

    The stilt's Hawaiian name "one standing tall" aptly describes this black and white bird with its long, slender pink legs.

     

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  • ‘Alae ke‘oke‘o

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    Prominent in Hawaiian mythology, the coot can be recognized by its white bill and frontal shield, which contrast with its dark body.
     

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  • ‘Alae ‘ula

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    Also known as the Hawaiian Gallinule, this elusive waterbird is endemic to Hawai‘i and inhabits the wetlands at Hanalei NWR. The moorhen has a distinct red frontal shield with a yellow tip on its bill and can be seen walking across floating vegetation with its long, un-webbed toes.

     

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  • Koloa maoli

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    Both male and female have orange legs and feet and resemble small female mallards.
     

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  • Nēnē

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    Identified by dark furrows on their cream colored necks, long legs, and reduced foot webbing. Nēnē feed on tender leaves, grasses, and berries. Nēnē were extirpated from Kaua‘i centuries ago. With the escape of captive pairs into the wild in 1982 and active reintroduction efforts, they are now making a comeback.
     

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Last Updated: Sep 11, 2013
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