Hawaiian Waterbirds

Hawaiian moorhen in mangroves
  • Ae‘o


    Their pink, long legs are almost as long as the bird’s body and are one of their identifying features.

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  • ‘Alae ke‘oke‘o

    Hawaiian coot

    The frontal shield is usually white but can vary from bluish white to yellow to dark blood red.

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  • ‘Alae ‘ula


    They have a very distinctive red frontal shield, and their bill tip is yellow with a red base.

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  • Koloa maoli


    The koloa, is generally mottled brown and has a green to blue speculum (the distinctive feathers on the secondary wing feathers) with white borders. 

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