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Phonetically: Ah-oo-koo-oo

Or, if you prefer: Black Crowned Night Heron.


When trying to say ‘Auku’u, the first syllable /Au/ should be prounounced Ow (as in ouch) then oo, all blended together.  Think “kid whine,” OWoo!”   OWoo-koo-oo.  Congrats, you have a new Hawaiian word.

Btw, you’re going to want to click on this fella and make him bigger.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. I made him bigger and he looked even more gorgeous, if that’s at all possible!

    Thanks to OC for his knowledge and to you for passing it on to me!! I loved that cottongrass 🙂
    It’s the softest “green” thing I have ever touched.

  2. Ouookoooo… I think I’ve GOT it! By george, I’ve GOT it! That bird has a little gleem in his eye… I bet he’s a rascal!

    Ella will be fully trained on kite flying by the time she reaches Hawaii! But it definitely helped that I bought one labeled EASY FLYER!!! LOL! With the ocean breeze we had it up in less than a minute – and up it stayed until I said Down Girl!

  3. He’s actually kinda scary looking up close… that crown is pretty neo-Goth or something.

    And I think that’s my favorite of the series so far too. (my series I mean) thanks for stopping by!

  4. OHooooo, I love this Heron… we have white ones that come behind my house and hunt for fish in the return flow of water out to the cove.. I love to see these big birds fly with their wing span… thanks fro sharing.. Baba

  5. Yeah, I’m going with the Black Crowned Night Heron. In fact, I’ll probably just go with Heron. Maybe even something as simple as “Bird”. 😉

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