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27. Hawaiian Coot / `alae ke `oke`o

Scientific name: Fulica alai

Classification: Phylum: Chordata. Class: Aves

Origin: Native

Status: USFWS Endangered Species

Distribution All the main islands

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This coot, endemic to Hawai‘i, is a protected species because of its rarity. It is found on all the islands in freshwater and brackish marsh and pond habitats, but always in very low numbers. They make their nests on an “island” constructed of aquatic vegetation and defend it vigorously.

   Photo by Reginald David