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Common Moorhen

Gallinula galeata sandvicensis


Slate gray feathers. Has a darker head and neck, the base of the bill a front facial shield are red.


Endemic to Hawaii. Now found only on Kaui'i and O'ahu. Found near freshwater ponds, marshes, reservoirs, and aquaculture.


Known in Hawaiin as the 'Alae'ula. In Hawaiian mythology this bird brought fire from the gods to the Hawaiian people.

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Thank you for the correction Liam!

Liam 8 years ago

The Hawaiian Gallinule is Gallinula galeata sandvicensis as of July 2011:

Hawaiʻi, USA

Spotted on Aug 20, 2012
Submitted on Aug 24, 2012

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