The Nene is one of 30 birds species in Hawaii classified by both the State and Federal government as an endangered species. It is Hawaii’s state bird, which adds a special impetus to its preservation as a symbol of native Hawaiian wildlife. It is also the only goose endemic to the Hawaiian Archipelago which exists; at least eight other endemic goose species are known to have become extinct.
- Unlike most other geese, Nene are non-migratory, in that generally only island wide movement is known to occur.
- Nene have also been called “semi terrestrial,” in that the toe webbing is reduced.