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Hawaiian Goose

Hawaiian Goose

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Scientific Name:

Branta sandvicensis


Hawaiian Islands


Vegetarian. Grasses, herbs, berries, leaves, green parts of sedges and plants with high water content.


Habitat:  Poorly vegetated volcanic slopes, grasslands.

Incubation: 29-32 days / 3-5eggs

Social structure: pairs, family groups

Weight: male 3050gr max, female 2560gr max

Dimensions: 56-71cm

Lifespan: 28 max

Estimated population in the wild: ~2,500

Threats: Loss and alteration of habitat, predation by the introduced small Indian mongoose, dogs, cats, pigs and rats, diseases and parasites, road kills, low breeding rate.

IUCN Status: Vulnerable.

Did you know that:

  1. The Hawaiian Goose was named "Nene" by the locals for its call made in flight or when approached.
  2. They have longer legs and less toe webbing than other geese, adaptations which aid walking on lava flows.
  3. Unlike other geese, they don't need open water, however, they will swim if there is water near their nests.

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