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Scientific name: Branta sandvicensis
Classification: Phylum: Chordata. Class: Aves
Status: USFWS Endangered Species
Distribution: Big Island (naturally); Kaua`i and Maui (recently re-introduced)
This is Hawaiis state bird. It is making a successful comeback after being reduced to only 3050 known individuals in the 1940s. It occurs naturally on the Big Island (primarily around Kïlauea Crater), but has been released on Maui and Kauai in hopes that their populations will increase once again.
|Photo by Donald Cowie|