Branta sandvicensis | Hawaiian goose | nēnē


Other Names: nene

Hawaiʻi’s State bird, the nēnē, is an iconic favorite among locals. Though endangered, they have recovered spectacularly since near extinction in the 1940s and now are found on Hawaiʻi Island, Maui, and Kauaʻi, though carefully managed. Related to the Canada goose, the nēnē differ in their smaller stature at about 25” tall and a white with black-streaked neck. They’ve adapted to island life, have less webbing on their feet and preferring open country and scrublands—and even golf courses!