Common Name: Nene, Hawaiian Goose
Scientific Name: Branta sandvicensis
Year Adopted as State Bird: 1957
Range in State: Pastures and scrub areas on Maui, Hawaii and Kauai, year-round
Shared With Other States: None
Endemic to Hawaii, the nene is the rarest goose in the world and is listed as endangered. Stray dogs, feral cats and introduced mongooses are all grave threats to this bird, but captive breeding programs are ensuring that Hawaii does not lose its distinctive state symbol. In some state parks, these geese are easily seen and can be recognized by their bold plumage, including the rippled feathers on their long necks.
Photo – Nene © Felipe Ortega