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Common Moorhen

Gallinula galeata sandvicensis

Description:

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

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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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2 Comments

Thank you for the correction Liam!

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

The Hawaiian Gallinule is Gallinula galeata sandvicensis as of July 2011: http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Common_Gal...

Hawaiʻi, USA

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

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