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Hawaiian geese have a black face and crown and cream-colored cheeks. The neck is pale grayish streaked with black and has a narrow dark ring at the base. The body plumage and folded wings are gray-brown with transverse barring. The bill, legs and feet are black and the iris is dark brown. Both sexes are similar in appearance, but males typically are larger.
Hawaiian geese graze and browse on the leaves, seeds, berries and flowers of grasses, herbs and shrubs. The goose is endemic to Hawaii