Manu Minute: Hawaiʻi's endemic duck
Did you know that Hawaiʻi has an endemic species of duck? This native waterfowl, called the Koloa maoli, resemble introduced mallard ducks, but they have a quack all their own.
Koloa used to inhabit nearly all of the islands, but now their largest populations are on Kauaʻi and Niʻihau.
While they nest year-round, the peak time for duckling spotting is in the mid-to-late spring. A female Koloa may lay and hatch up to 10 ducklings at a time!
Audio credit: Dan Lane, Xeno Canto XC235005