Hawaii state bird: Nene, or Hawaiian Goose Branta sandwicensis
The Nene (Hawaiian Goose) is a medium sized goose. It has a black face and crown with cream-colored cheeks. The neck is buff colored with black streaks and a dark, narrow ring at the base. The upperparts are grey-brown with lighter coloring on the edges of the feathers. The bill, legs, and feet are black and the eyes are dark brown.
The female looks the same as the male only slightly smaller.
The Nene is indigenous to the big island of Hawaii. They are found in open areas including volcanoes and golf courses. New bird populations have been re-introduced to the islands of Kauai and Maui.
The Nene is only found in the wild on the islands of Maui, Kauai and Hawaii.
Hawaiian Geese eat the seeds of grasses, leaves, buds, flowers and fruits of various plants.
Nesting normally begins in October. Nesting sites are normally found in vegetated areas near the beach, shrub lands, grasslands, and woodlands on well-drained soil, volcanic ash, cinder, and lava rock substrates.
The clutch normally contains 3 eggs.
Sep 08, 17 04:37 PM
This bird is about the size of a small cardinal. I have never seen it at a feeder but it comes to the bird bath. The photo is not the best but hopefully
Sep 03, 17 09:24 PM
A relative went to HB class. They found it is safe and more effective to use 2 water to 1 sugar. I use 4 cups of boiling water into 2 cups sugar.
Sep 03, 17 09:23 PM
Not sure if this a female Ruby-Throat or Rufous? Please help. Thanks