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Somewhat similar in appearance to a Canada Goose except only the face, cap, and hindneck are black; and Hawaiian geese have buff-colored cheeks. The front and sides of the neck appear to have black and white stripes. This is caused by diagonal rows of white feathers with black skin showing through. Males and females have identical plumage. It is also interesting to note that the dusty black feet of this goose are not completely webbed as in all other geese. Usually smaller than the Canada Goose (25" to 43"), the Hawaiian goose ranges in size from approximately 21" to 26" inches in length.

Scientific Name

Branta sandvicensis
Common Name
Hawaiian Goose
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