Hawaiian Goose

Branta sandvicensis

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

HAGO

Code 6

BRASAN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Vulnerable

The Hawaiian Goose has a small range, confined to Hawaii, which is the native habitat of the bird. This bird prefers subtropical or tropical grassland and shrubland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at less than one thousand mature individuals and while the population shows signs of increase, the small population necessitates inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Hawaiian Goose is Vulnerable.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Hawaiian Goose: This is medium-sized goose has a black head, face and crown and cream-colored cheeks. The upperparts are heavily barred gray-brown, and the underparts are finely barred. The bill and feet are black and only partially webbed. Diet includes seeds, berries and grasses. Strong deep wing beats. State bird of Hawaii. Sexes are similar in appearance, but males are typically larger. Formerly know as the Nene or Nene Goose. The name was changed in 2014 by the American Ornithologist Union.

 

Range and Habitat

Hawaiian Goose: This species is a native of the Hawaiian Islands and is local in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Loa, and Maui. It was recently established and is increasing in population on Kauai and Molokai. This bird prefers scrubland, grasslands, sparsely vegetated slopes and golf courses.

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Hawaiian Goose SONGS AND CALLS

Hawaiian Goose D1

Typical nay calls

Hawaiian Goose D2

Calls of a flock as they take off and circle overhead.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Nay-nay"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of geese has many collective nouns, including a "blizzard", "chevron", "knot", "plump", and "string" of geese.
  • Prior to the arrival of Capt. James Cook in 1778, there were about 25,000 Nene. By the mid 1900's, wild Nene numbered less than 30. Breeding programs at Slimbridge in England and Pohakuloa, Hawaii have helped bring the current population in Hawaii up to about 3,000 birds.
  • The native Hawaiian name, Nene, is derived from their distinctive "nay-nay" vocalization. The official bird of the State of Hawaii, the Nene is exclusively found in the wild on the islands of Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii. It is also known as the Hawaiian Goose.
  • Unlike most other geese, Nene are non-migratory, generally only island wide movement is known to occur. Nene have also been called "semi terrestrial," in that the toe webbing is reduced. The reduction of webbing between their toes enables them to walk more easily on the rugged lava flows.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Jane Wright

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

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Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
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