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Manu Minute: The rattling ΄akekeke

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΄Akekeke have a lot in common with the kōlea and the ʻūlili. All these lovely sandpipers call Hawai΄i home in the winter, but the real party comes with the long summer days.

After a nonstop flight to Alaska (or a similarly chilly locale), these shorebirds show off their fresh breeding plumage and secure a mate. Males and females split parenting duties for the season. They can raise up to four chicks in a nest.

If they survive the summer, these youngins will make their own trips back to Hawai΄i.

If you listen closely, you might hear an ΄akekeke tell you its name!

AMTJ_Akekeke (Ruddy turnstone) Spectrogram video.mp4

Audio credit: Niels Krabbe/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML240141)
Audio credit: Patrik Aberg/Xeno Canto (XC406194)

Patrick Hart is the host of HPR's Manu Minute. He runs the Listening Observatory for Hawaiian Ecosystems (LOHE) Lab at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.
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 is the energy and climate change reporter. She is also the lead producer of HPR's "This Is Our Hawaiʻi" podcast. Contact her at sharrimanpote@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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