Manu-o-ku (White Fairy Tern)

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Scientific Name Gygis alba


Manu-o-ku possess black eyes and a long, conical beak. Their feathers are completely white and they fly on sleek, blade-like wings that can stretch 2 feet from tip to tip.

Fun Facts

  • Manu-o-ku spend the day hunting at sea as far as 120 miles from their roost, before returning home in the afternoon.
  • Ancient voyagers relied on sightings of these birds as a sign that land was close at hand.

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