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.
May 25, 17 03:35 PM
Flies into my backyard and terrifies all the black birds and song birds. Its large, haw-like, silver gray with light tan breast and hawk or Kite like bill.
May 24, 17 06:51 PM
she or he was small like a pheobe black feathers on the back and a white belly but the head had spiky feathers im unsure what kind it was it flies fast
May 22, 17 01:56 PM
It has been a couple of years since 'we' reported on the Rose Breasted Grosbeaks at our feeders. Mostly due to having to pull in our bird feeders in April