Branta sp. nov. 'Hawaii'

Very large Hawaii goose



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: "Large Hawaii goose" Olson and James, 1982:35, 1984:772; Very Large Hawaii Goose Olson & James, 1991:48; Branta very large undescribed species Tyrberg, 2009:66


Conservation Status




Hawaii (=Big Island), Hawaiian Islands, USA


Anatomy & Morphology



Biology & Ecology










Giffen JG (2003) Pu’u Wa’awa’a Biological Assessment. Report, State of Hawaii, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

Olson SL and James HF (1982) Prodromus of the fossil avifauna of the Hawaiian Islands. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 365, 1–59.

Olson SL and James HF (1984) The role of Polynesians in the extinction of the avifauna of the Hawaiian islands. In Martin PS and Klein RG, eds, Quaternary Extinctions: a Prehistoric Revolution, pp. 768–780. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Olson SL and James HF (1991) Descriptions of thirty two new species of birds from the Hawaiian Islands: Part I. Non-Passeriformes. Ornithological Monographs 45, 1–88.

Tyrberg, Tommy. (2009). Holocene avian extinctions, pp. 63-106. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.


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