Hawaiian goose. Spanish Barnacla Hawaiana
Nene are adaptable and opportunistic in terms of habitat use; found historically on rocky, sparsely vegetated, high volcanic slopes but primarily nesting in lowland habitats (2). Preferred habitat today is pastureland adjacent to natural shrubland (5), although efforts are being made in the national parks to restore native plants species and communities that may have been important to nene before habitats were disturbed by introduced ungulates and other threats (7).More >>Species found in a similar habitatPacific Coast mahogany(Swietenia humilis)Hog deer(Axis porcinus)Tristan bunting(Nesospiza acunhae)
Length: 63 - 69 cm (2)
Nene biology, 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-January (2). Females lay eggs in hollows in the ground amongst vegetation; these nests are often found in a 'kipuka' (an island of vegetation surrounded by barren lava) (8). Hens incubate their clutch (usually three eggs) for 30 days (9). Goslings remain flightless for three months, making them particularly vulnerable to predation (4). Adults feed on grasses and fruits of native and introduced plants and give similar calls to Canada geese (4). Unlike other geese, nene do not require open water although they will swim if there is water near to their nest (8).
Nene statusClassified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List 2007 (1) and listed on Appendix I of CITES (3).