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chestnut-bellied sandgrouse

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

The Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse is an amazingly powerful flyer adapted to the desert. They can fly upwind through the strongest waimea winds and make diurnal migrations mauka to makai on the kona side to collect water. They have the unique adaptation of absorbing water in their breast feathers that they can then transport back to their ...
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cattle egret

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

The cattle egret is extremely widespread since its introduction to Hawaiʻi from Florida in 1959 to control insect pests. Easy to spot, these 20-inch long white birds are often seen in large groups, usually near ponds. Look for their perfect “V” formation as they fly in flocks. They pose a threat to native water birds ...
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wild turkey

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

First introduced in 1815 from North America as a gamebird, the wild turkey is an unexpected site along Hawaiʻi’s roadsides. At almost 4 feet long, they’re a hard-to-miss bird, though they can be well camouflaged and still in tall grass when nesting. Like a scrawnier version of the Thanksgiving Day turkey, they have a colorful ...
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Indian peafowl

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

The common peafowl is found wild on Hualālai, South Kohala, and in the district of Kaʻū. There are also captive populations in some places. Males (“Peacocks”) are 40 inches long, but 100 inches long if you count their impressive long, flowing tails. Males have brilliant iridescent green and blue plumage. Females are smaller at 30 ...
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ring-necked pheasant

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

The ring-necked pheasant is native to Asia and has been introduced throughout the world as a gamebird, and here in Hawaiʻi in the 1860s. At about 30 inches in length, the males are a bright gold with chest-nut brown feathers with species of iridescent green and purple. Their head is a dark metallic green with ...
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kalij pheasant

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The kalij pheasant was first brought to Hawaiʻi in 1962 from Southern Asia as a gamebird. At about 33 inches long, the males are black with a gray belly, while the females are mottled brown. They have a distinct red skin patch around their eyes and a crest of feathers atop their heads. They are ...
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red junglefowl (domestic)

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

The first Polynesian settlers brought moa, or red junglefowl, to Hawaiʻi centuries ago. This tropical, forest-dwelling chicken is colorful rusty red with long curved black tail feathers and a red comb atop their head. The males can be 30 inches long compared to the drab colored females at 17 inches long. Hawaiians valued them as ...
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Erckel’s francolin

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

Native to Ethiopia and Sudan, Africa, the Erckel’s francolin was introduced to Hawaiʻi in 1957 as a gamebird. About 16 inches long, they are brown with white streaky spots and distinct chestnut colored feathers on the top of their head with a white throat. Often in upland dry grasslands, they scare easily and hide from ...
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black francolin

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

Native to India, the black francolin was introduced to Hawaiʻi in 1959 as a gamebird. A little over a foot long, the male stands out with black feathers with white spots and white cheeks with a chestnut collar, while the female is brown with a rusty neck. Often in dry grasslands, they scare easily and ...
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gray francolin

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

A native of India, the gray francolin is about a foot long. They have distinct rows of brown feathers with a pale face and throat. While both sexes look similar, males may be slightly larger than females. They are common in dry areas and can easily be found near hotel lawns and near roads at ...
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chukar

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

The exotic chukar is native to Asia and eastern Europe from Israel to Nepal, but was introduced in Hawaiʻi in 1923 as a game bird. About 14 inches long, they have a gray-brown back with sides striped in black and white feathers. Their face is white with a black band across the eyes down to ...
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California quail

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

Introduced in 1818 as a gift to King Kamehameha from V. M. Golovin, the California quail has established throughout the Hawaiian Islands. It is a small (9 to11 inches) plump game bird with gray brown body feathers, white creamy chestnut scales on the belly, and males have a black face outlined with white. Females and ...
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helmeted guineafowl (domestic type)

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

The helmeted guineafowl is a native to Africa, but has been domesticated and travelled the word for their delicious meat. In Hawaiʻi, they were released, and now make a home for themselves in open urban fields near ponds and wetlands. A plump bird, they have a large body and small head, about 22 inches in ...
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mallard

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

At about 2-feet, the mallard is your “classic” duck. Adult males have shiny green heads with yellow bills and females are mottled brown with orange bills tipped in black, both with orange feet. Wild mallards are uncommon winter visitors that usually don’t show breeding feathers. Most mallards in Hawaiʻi are descendants from imported domestic stock ...
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muscovy duck

Posted on Aug 8, 2017 in

The large Muscovy duck is native to the tropics of Mexico and Central and South America but in Hawaiʻi, you’ll see domestic stock living near ponds. They can reach about 30 inches long and weight a hefty 15 pounds. They are mostly black and white with a trademark red or pink wattles around their bills. ...
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