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Wildlife & Habitat

Hawaiian coot

As many as 12 species of birds, including the endangered ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt) and ‘alae ke‘oke‘o (Hawaiian coot) call the refuge home. Migratory waterfowl and shorebirds also frequent the refuge throughout the year. Invasive mammals (feral cats, dogs, mongooses, and axis deer) are present on the refuge as well.

  • Hawaiian stilt


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

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  • Hawaiian coot

    HI Coot

    The coot can be recognized by its white bill and frontal shield which contrasts with its dark body. Called “mudmuckers” in the southern states, these birds are visible whether water is low or high.

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Last Updated: Aug 25, 2014
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