Manu Minute: The rattling ΄akekeke
΄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!