Fulica alai | Hawaiian coot | ʻalae keʻokeʻo


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.