We slept in after our big snorkeling trip yesterday! We hoped a plane to the island of O‘ahu for a few days in the late morning. We were on a mission to find one of Hawaii’s native birds in the wetlands! We were super lucky to spot some! Come learn about them with us!
Hawaiian Gallinule Fun Facts:
- Hawaiian Gallinule are also known as the Hawaiian moorhen.
- They can grow up to 12 inches long and weigh up 3/4 lbs.
- They are omnivores. They eat grass, algae and insects.
- These wetland birds do not have webbed feet. They are excellent swimmers though.
- They molt once a year in the summer. The molt takes 25 days or so.
- Hawaiian gallinule are known to be very secretive.
- Nesting parents are very territorial. They both help incubate the eggs and protect the young chicks.
- They are listed as Endangered by the IUCN.
It was neat to see these shy water loving birds. We love their funny long legs and feet!
Hmmm I never saw these when I was there but then you said they are secretive. I will be on the lookout on my next trip.