Each year, thousands of migratory seabirds use Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge for nesting, foraging, or resting. Those birds include Laysan albatross, red-footed boobies, brown boobies, red-tailed and white-tailed tropicbirds, great frigatebirds, and wedge-tailed shearwaters. Migratory shorebirds, such as the Pacific golden plovers can be seen August through May. A small population of endangered nēnē were reintroduced on the refuge in the 1990s and are thriving.

  • Ā (Red-footed booby)

    red-footed booby small

    Sula sula rubripes

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  • Mōlī (Laysan albatross)

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    Phoebastria immutabilis 

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  • Ka‘upu (Black-footed albatross)

    Black-footed albatross small

    Phoebastria albatrus 

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  • ‘A (Brown booby)

    Brown booby small

    Sula leucogaster

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  • ‘Iwa (Great frigatebird)

    Great frigatebird small

    Fregata minor palmerstoni

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  • Koa‘e ‘ula (Red-tailed tropicbird)

    Red-tailed tropicbird small

    Phaethon rubricauda

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  • Koa‘e kea (White-tailed tropicbird)

    White-tailed tropicbird small

    Phaethon lepturus dorotheae

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  • Nēnē (Hawaiian goose)

    nene small

    Branta sandvicensis

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  • Kōlea (Pacific golden plover)

    plover small

    Pluvialis fulva

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  • ‘Ua‘u kani (Wedge-tailed shearwater)

    wedge-tailed shearwater small

    Puffinus pacificus

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  • ‘A‘o (Newell's shearwater)

    Newells shearwater small

    Puffinus auricularis newelli

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  • ‘Ūlili (Wandering tattler)

    Wandering tattler small


    Heteroscelus incanus


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  • ‘Akekeke (Ruddy turnstone)

    Ruddy turnstone small

    Arenaria interpres

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