Laysan Duck Making a Comeback in Hawaiian Islands

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Laysan Duck Making a Comeback in Hawaiian Islands

Postby bcas » Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:19 pm

I posted these articles in the Hawaii State forum as well.

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Postby WillHuntForFood » Thu Dec 27, 2007 2:41 pm

That is great always glad to see birds and other animals makeing a come back.
If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck it must be dinner.
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Postby Tom Phillips* » Thu Dec 27, 2007 3:42 pm

That's good to read about. Thanks for posting those links. With increased numbers, they can perhaps try to re-introduce the Laysan Teal in other spots withn their historical range.

I wonder how the Koloa is doing? I used to pay attention to that "Hawaiian Duck" too.

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Postby bcas » Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:22 pm

Tom: As far as I know, the Koloa (as the pure Hawaiian Duck) has a population of around 2500. Most of these reside on Kauai (around 80%) in the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. Most (if not all) of the Koloa here on Oahu or other islands are hybrids of the pure Koloa and Mallard. I see quite a few of them (hybrids...maybe pure), so I'll try and post some pictures.

I think they recently introduced Koloa back on Oahu and the Big Island.

As for re-introducing the Laysan Teal to their historical range...who knows. I think it might be difficult with the invasive (non-indigenous) predators that are located in those historical areas...which seemed to cause the rapid decrease in population years ago. But I'm with you...I hope they can someday.
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