French: Bernache néné German: Hawaiigans Spanish: Barnacla nené
Other common names:
Hawaiian Is, on Hawaii; reintroduced with success to Maui and Kaua’I, and attempted reintroduction to Moloka’i.
56–71 cm; male c. 1695–3050 g, female 1525–2560 g. Black face and crown, and black ring at base of neck. Distinctive neck pattern, with noticeable lines of... read more
Probable origin of original Polynesian name is low murmuring “nay” or “nay-nay” (given with bill... read more
Lava flows on poorly vegetated volcanic slopes at 500–2500 m; also, where available,... read more
Food and feeding
Essentially vegetarian; grasses, herbs, berries, leaves and green parts of sedges and plants with high water content. Recent study... read more
Usually starts Oct/Nov, but laying can be initiated as early as late Aug and continue until Apr. At least reintroduced females can show... read more
Considered to mostly sedentary, with only evidence of small-scale, local movements (e.g. within 25... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. CITES I. Introduction of alien predators to breeding islands resulted in massive decline in numbers: c. 25,000 at end of 18th century, but only 30 by 1952.... read more
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