Hawaiian Goose (Nēnē)

  • NENE

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Scientific Name Branta sandvicensis


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.

Fun Facts

  • 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.

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