Nēnē breeding season is here

Nēnē breeding season is here

Posted on Sep 10, 2021

Nēnē breed, nest, molt, and fledge each year October through March. In the beginning of breeding season, nēnē will be paired and scouting for a nest site. They may be found in unusual places where they werenʻt frequent before. At the nesting stage, one bird will guard the nest. Seeing a solitary nēnē is not a reason to be alarmed, they are doing a job and should not be bothered. When goslings hatch and grow larger, nēnē families begin to become more mobile and active.  Itʻs important not to approach or disturb them. Female nēnē will sit on their goslings and can smother them if they feel too intimidated to move freely. At the fledging stage, goslings become even more visible. Theyʻll grow adult feathers, and at the same time, parent birds will molt to grow a fresh set of flight feathers. This is a time when nēnē become extra shy and are vulnerable to threats. Please be aware of the many phases of breeding season and help protect our State bird. Look with your eyes from a distance. Watch birds, donʻt touch birds!