Ae'o or Hawaiian Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni)
Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Island of Maui
Photo by Daniel Clark, all rights reserved
The Hawaiian Stilt is a slender wading bird that grows up to 16 inches in length. It has a black back and white forehead, and is white below; the female has a tinge of brown on its back. This endangered species has very long pink legs and a long black bill. The Hawaiian subspecies differs from the North American stilt by having more black on its face and neck, and longer bill, tarsus, and tail.