branta sandvicensis

May 10, 2014 - Nene, Nēnē or Hawaiian goose (Branta sandvicensis)

Requested by: tieltavern

The Nene is found wild only on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii. These birds evolved from the Canada goose, which probably arrived on Hawaii not long after the islands formed. Nenes are herbivores, grazing on grasses and other plants. They are classified as Vulnerable, but conservation efforts have increased their numbers. In 1952 the population was down to 30 geese, this has grown to 800 in the wild in 2004, with another 1,000 in captivity. They are the state bird of Hawaii.