Fulica alai | Hawaiian coot | ʻalae keʻokeʻo

Endemic

Other Names: ‘alae kea, alae keokeo, alae ke'oke'o

The ʻalae keʻokeʻo, or Hawaiian coot, are charming 14-inch water birds. Their black body and white beak and forehead stand out as they coast along the water. Occasionally, some will have a reddish forehead and dark peak. Found in open marshes and ponds, you’ll see dip their head in the water in search of small fish, insects, and other water creatures. Known in Hawaiian mythology for their chattiness and warning cries.

Hotspots for Hawaiian coot

Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park

Coastal Wetland

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Wailoa River State Park

Coastal Wetland

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Loko Waka Pond

Coastal Wetland

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