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Nene Pictures Showing this Highly Endangered Goose Endemic to the Hawaiian Islands

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The Nene, (pronounced nay-nay) or Hawaiian Goose, Branta sandvicensis, sometimes Nesochen sandvicensis, is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands and the official bird of the State of Hawai since 1957. It is the world's rarest goose with only around 1,000 living in the wild, although others live in captivity in zoos. It became rare and almost extinct due to hunting by native Hawaiians, and by the introduction of predators such as mongoose and cats by European settlers. It is on the Endangered Species list and is protected by law from hunting. Preservation efforts are continuing and the success of the Nene in Hawaii is promising. In appearance it is similiar to a Canada Goose except the face, cap, and hindneck are black and Nene have buff-colored cheeks. The front and sides of the neck show black and white striped markings which are diagonal rows of white feathers with black skin showing through. Males and females have identical plumage. The nene has feet that are only half as webbed as other geese, with longer toes for climbing on the rocky lava flows. Their wings are weak, compared to other geese, as they choose to fly only rarely. The nene ranges in size from around 21" to 26" inches in length. Its call is soft and seems conversational in nature. The nene feeds on both native and introduced plants in the grasslands and relies on the moisture from fog and dew, and that contained in the plants it eats. Nene have the longest nesting season of any wild goose species; eggs are laid in the winter months from August to April, although most eggs are laid during November to January. Females lay eggs in hollows in the ground amongst vegetation, often in a 'kipuka', an island of vegetation surrounded by barren lava. The hens incubate usually three eggs for 30 days. The goslings remain flightless for three months, making them particularly vulnerable to predation. Like other geese, nene are monogamous and prefer to mate for life, but will find another mate if one is lost. Unlike other geese, nene do not require open water although they will swim if there is water near to their nest.

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Picture of a Hawaiian goose, Branta sandvicensis, nene in Hawaiian, Hawaii state bird, San Diego, California, USA

Picture #: 105893

Stock photo of a Nene Crossing - Please Do Not Feed sign at Kalalau Valley Lookout, Nene or Hawaiian Goose, Branta sandvicensis, endemic to Hawaii and severely endangered, Na Pali coast, Kauai, Hawaii

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Picture of endemic Hawaiian nene geese, Branta sandvicensis, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

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Picture of Highway road sign to protect crossing Nene, Hawaiian Goose, Branta sandvicensis, critically endangered, endemic to Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii State Bird, Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea, Big Island, Hawaii

Picture #: 020922

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Picture of a Hawaiian nene or Hawaiian goose, Branta sandvicensis, Hawaii's state bird, endangered and endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, with tracking antenna, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific

Picture #: 078659

Stock photo of endemic and endangered nene or Hawaiian goose, Branta sandwicensis, Kauai, Hawaii

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Picture of ohelo berries, Vaccinium reticulatum, growing at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii. The ohelo berry ia a favorite food of the nene or Hawaiian goose, Branta sandvicensis, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii

Picture #: 089856

Picture of nene, Hawaiian Goose, Branta sandvicensis, endangered and endemic, Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii, Pacific

Picture #: 078742

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Picture of endemic and endangered nene or Hawaiian goose, Branta sandwicensis, Kauai, Hawaii

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Stock photo of flock of nene or Hawaiian goose, Branta sandwicensis, on lava, endemic & endangered, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of nene, Branta sandvicensis, Hawaiian goose, Kalalau Valley State Park, Kauai Hawaii

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Picture of nene, Hawaiian Goose, Branta sandvicensis, endangered and endemic, Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii, Pacific

Picture #: 078734

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Picture of a Nene Crossing - Please Do Not Feed sign at Kalalau Valley Lookout, Nene or Hawaiian Goose, Branta sandvicensis, endemic to Hawaii and severely endangered, Na Pali coast, Kauai, Hawaii

Picture #: 028555

Stock photo of nene or Hawaiian goose, Branta sandwicensis, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island, the Big Island, Hawaiian Islands, U.S.A.

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Picture of nene, Branta sandvicensis, Hawaiian goose, an endemic land bird, an endangered species and Hawaii's state bird. Molokai, Hawaii.

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Picture of nene, Hawaiian Goose, Branta sandvicensis, endangered and endemic, Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii, Pacific

Picture #: 078741

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Picture of of endemic and endangered nene or Hawaiian goose, Branta sandwicensis, Hawaii's state bird, Hawaii

Picture #: 070395

Stock photo of nene or Hawaiian goose, Branta sandwicensis, Hawaii state bird, San Diego, California, USA

Picture #: 105892

Picture of nene, Branta sandvicensis, Hawaiian goose,, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island, the Big Island, Hawaiian Islands, U.S.A.

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Picture of nene, Hawaiian Goose, Branta sandvicensis, endangered and endemic,Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island, the Big Island, Hawaiian Islands, U.S.A.

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