Himantopus mexicanus knudseni | Hawaiian black-necked stilt | aeʻo


Other Names: kukuluaeʻo, aeo, ae'o, kukulueao, kukuluae'o

The aeʻo, or Hawaiian black-necked stilt, is easy to spot with their long pink legs, and black and white feather colors. Though endangered, they are often seen at their favorite ponds and mudflats feeding on fish, crabs, worms and aquatic insects. Though only 15 inches in length, they have the longest legs of any bird, relative to their size.

Hotspots for Hawaiian black-necked stilt

Keāhole Point

Open Ocean


Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park

Coastal Wetland

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Loko Waka Pond

Coastal Wetland

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