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Manu Minute: The ʻAlae Keʻokeʻo, a Real Coot-ie

Coot-ie alert!

The endemic ΄Alae ke΄oke΄o, or Hawaiian coot, lives in fresh and brackish wetlands throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

They also favor kalo fields, water reservoirs, and aquaculture ponds. A few adventurous coots even make their home in Lāna‘i City's wastewater treatment ponds.

Though their territory is broad, ΄Alae ke΄oke΄o are still at high risk of habitat loss. The State Department of Land and Natural Resources estimates that we've lost just over 30% of our coastal wetlands in Hawai΄i. Researchers expect that number to grow as a result of climate change, which will further endanger our native waterbirds.

Manu Minute, Hawaiian coot Spectrogram video.mp4

This Manu Minute was made with field recordings from the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (236854).

Patrick Hart interests in the ecology and conservation of Hawaiian forests and forest birds stem from years of living in a primitive field camp as a graduate student in the 1990’s at Hakalau Forest National wildlife refuge.
Ann Tanimoto-Johnson is the Lab Manager & Research Technician in the Hart Lab/Listening Observatory for Hawaiian Ecosystems (LOHE) Bioacoustics Lab. She researches the ecology, bioacoustics, and conservation of our native Hawaiian forests, birds, and bats.
Savannah Harriman-Pote rejoined The Conversation in 2021 after interning for Hawaiʻi Public Radio in the summers of 2018 and 2019. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, during which time she worked for WMHC and Mount Holyoke News. She has also worked with the audio documentary series Outer Voices and National Geographic.
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