Birds

Hawaiian Goose

Branta sandvicensis


Class Aves   Hawaiian Goose
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Order Anseriformes
Distribution Hawaiian Islands
Hawaiian Islands
Habitat Volcanic slopes with sparse vegetation
Conservation Status Endangered. Listed under Appendix I of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Behaviour The head, bill, legs and feet are black. The neck is yellowish-brown streaked with black, and there is a black broad band down the back. The body is greyish-brown with buff and dark grey strips. Both sexes are similar in appearance. Unlike most other wildfowl, the feet are only partially webbed, reflecting its terrestrial habits. Hawaiian Goose is non-migratory. The female builds the nest on the ground and lays three to six eggs each time. The incubation period is about 30 days.
Diet Grass, herbs, seeds and berries.
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