`Alae Ke`oke`o

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Fulica alai
Hawaii native

Also known as the Hawaiian coot, this charming water bird was listed as an endangered species in 1967, so it's a bit ironic that the `Alae Ke`oke`o can be easily seen in Maui's main town of Kahului, at the Kanahā Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary.

Like many water birds, coots have suffered from loss of wetland habitat and predation by dogs, cats, mongoose and rats, none of which are native.

Coots are found in largest numbers on Maui, at the state refuge at Kanahā and at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, but there are also populations on Kaua`i, O`ahu and the Big Island.

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