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White Tern (Chick)/ manu-o-Ku

Gygis alba candida


You may not be able to tell from the pictures, but this species actually lays its eggs on bare branches, instead of within a nest. Although they do tend to lay where branches meet or on a knot in a branch, this seems to me to be a dangerous technique in hurricane territory.


Spotted near Ala Wai Canal.


Some bird species forgo laying in nests to avoid parasites, which can cause the parents to abandon the nests.

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Hawaii, USA

Spotted on May 15, 2015
Submitted on May 27, 2015

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