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12. Hawaiian Goose

Scientific name: Branta sandvicensis

Classification: Phylum: Chordata. Class: Aves

Origin: Native

Status: USFWS Endangered Species

Distribution: Big Island (naturally); Kaua`i and Maui (recently re-introduced)

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This is Hawai‘i’s state bird. It is making a successful comeback after being reduced to only 30–50 known individuals in the 1940s. It occurs naturally on the Big Island (primarily around Kïlauea Crater), but has been released on Maui and Kaua‘i in hopes that their populations will increase once again.

   Photo by Donald Cowie