Hawaiian Stilt
(Ae'o - 1,600) 

The Hawaiian Stilt use a variety of aquatic habitats limited by water depth and vegetation cover. If you have seen their pink legs you know they love about 5 inches of water to forage in. They are mostly seen at the 917 acre Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, but visit our Kalihiwai Reservoir shoreline to breakfast on our invertebrates. They loved our fresh water clams that died off in our 2011 lower water level event. They now have to be satisfied with our worms and snails. The decline in this Hawaiian native waterbird has been loss and degradation of lowland wetland habitat and introduced predators, rats, bullfrogs, feral cats, and dogs off leash.

"Stilt in Taro" by Saim Caglayan
Oil on canvas