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BIRD OF THE WEEK
HAWAIIAN COMMON GALLINULE
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Gallinula galeata sandvicensis
POPULATION: Approximately 300
TREND: Stable or increasing loss of habitat and invasive species such as domestic cats.
‘Alae ‘Ula are territorial and defend an area of wetland ranging from a quarter-acre to a half-acre. Although not as secretive as other members of the rail family, such as the elusive Black Rail, this gallinule’s preferred habitat—dense aquatic vegetation—can complicate efforts to accurately estimate its population size.
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