Kaloa
published By Chris Eblen

The Kaloa is an extremely endangered animal in Hawaii. The Kaloa is a native animal. Just like Mallard ducks, they quack on land and on flight. The Kaloa is partly endangered because of wild cats, rats, wild dogs and humans. Another reason is that some bullfrogs eat baby ducklings. The other reason is because in the early 1920's, people could kill up to 25 Kaloas a day! The preservation of the species is also threatened due to its interbreeding with Mallard ducks.

The Kaloa has many different kinds of food in its diet. They eat green algae, rice, grass, earthworms, dragon flies, and snails. Most of their food comes from pond life.

The Kaloa is found in many different habitats. The Kaloa is found in marshes, reservoirs, taro patches, streams, river valleys, pastures, and drainage ditches. The Kaloa use to be found on all the main Islands except Lanai. Now they only live on Kauai and are starting to build their homes back on Kawainui marsh and Kaelepulu pond. The Kaloa nests are usually on the ground.

The male Kaloas look different than females. The male Kaloas are 19-20 inches in length, the females are 16-17 inches in length. Males have a blue-green color on its back. The male Kaloas have darker head and neck feathers. Feet and legs of both kinds ( males and females ) have an orange coloring.

Other facts about the Kaloa are the ducklings can't fly until about six weeks after birth, and their main breeding season is from December through May. The Kaloa eggs are white.