Diet

Diet

Kolea forage for nearly anything that crawls, including insects, spiders, worms, slugs and more. Few of these creatures are native to Hawaii.
This Kolea waded into shallow mud flats on Maui to eat tiny fish.
Kolea forage for nearly anything that crawls, including insects, spiders, worms, slugs and more. Few of these creatures are native to Hawaii.
This Kolea waded into shallow mud flats on Maui to eat tiny fish.
Kolea commonly eat earthworms.
Kolea commonly eat earthworms.
Controversy exists about feeding wild birds, but countless people worldwide take pleasure in doing so. The practice is endorsed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Humane Society of the United States, Birdlife International, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
Left: A Kaneohe resident grows mealworms for his Kolea.
Controversy exists about feeding wild birds, but countless people worldwide take pleasure in doing so. The practice is endorsed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Humane Society of the United States, Birdlife International, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
Top: A Kaneohe resident grows mealworms for his Kolea.
This Kailua woman buys crickets to feed her Kolea (on the roof), which comes when she calls it. She named it Plovey.
This Kailua woman buys crickets to feed her Kolea (on the roof), which comes when she calls it. She named it Plovey.
A Kolea nicknamed Gloria became accustomed to the family members who fed it, coming to the lanai for its daily egg treat. The bird even tolerated their mellow old dog. (A screen separates the two.)
A Kolea nicknamed Gloria became accustomed to the family members who fed it, coming to the lanai for its daily egg treat. The bird even tolerated their mellow old dog. (A screen separates the two.)
A scrambled chicken egg provides a healthy mix of fat and protein, essential nutrients for the birds.
Kolea weigh about 4 ounces in winter, and about 7 ounces in spring, nearly doubling their weight before migration.
A scrambled chicken egg provides a healthy mix of fat and protein, essential nutrients for the birds.
Kolea weigh about 4 ounces in winter, and about 7 ounces in spring, nearly doubling their weight before migration.
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