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Orinoco Goose Neochen jubata
2012-03-22 21:52:06

The Orinoco Goose (Neochen jubata) is a species of bird in the Anatidae family of ducks, geese and swans. It is also in the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae. It is the only living member of the genus Neochen. The Orinoco Goose is found in the forests of tropical South America. Its habitat includes forest lakes or marshes with access to open woodland or savanna. Fossils of two relative...

Nene-nui
2006-09-25 14:56:58

The Nene-nui (Great Nene or Woodwalking), Branta hylobadistes, is an extinct species of goose that once inhabited Maui and possibly Kauai, Oahu and perhaps Molokai in the Hawaiian Islands. It is known from a large number of sub fossil bones (several thousand bones from many dozens of individuals) found in Holocene cave sediments. The Nene-nui evolved from the Canada Goose which migrated to...

Green Pygmy Goose
2006-03-09 11:12:33

The Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus) is a small perching duck found in southern New Guinea and northern Australia. It is largely resident, apart from dispersion during the wet season. The habitat is well vegetated lowland lagoons and other permanent fresh waters.

Blue-winged Goose
2006-03-09 10:07:41

The Blue-winged Goose (Cyanochen cyanopterus) is a large sheldgoose, which is native to Ethiopia. It is the only member of the genus Cyanochen. This little-known species breeds by mountain lakes and streams. Its lined nest is built amongst grass tussocks, and average clutch size is 6-7 eggs. It can swim and fly well, but this terrestrial bird is reluctant to do either, and is quite...

Ruddy-headed Goose
2006-03-09 09:59:43

The Ruddy-headed Goose (Chloephaga rubidiceps) is a large sheldgoose found in southernmost South America on the open grassy plains of Tierra del Fuego, Chile and the Falkland Islands. The South American birds are now very rare. Winters are spent on lowlands in southern Argentina, some distance north of the breeding range. The Falklands population is resident. The lined nest is built in grass...

Ashy-headed Goose
2006-03-09 09:52:59

The Ashy-headed Goose (Chloephaga poliocephala) is a large sheldgoose which breeds in mountainous areas of southernmost South America and winters on lowlands to the north of its breeding range. Favorite nesting sites are damp upland forest clearings where it builds a lined nest in tall grass. Females lay an average of 4-6 eggs per clutch. This goose feed by grazing as it rarely swims. The...

Magellan Goose
2006-03-08 14:08:29

The Magellan Goose or Upland Goose (Chloephaga picta) is a South American member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae and the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae. Males have a white head and breast, whereas the females can sometimes be mistaken for Ruddy-headed Geese.

Andean Goose
2006-03-08 14:05:38

The Andean Goose (Chloephaga melanoptera) is a member of the duck and the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae. It is resident around lakes and marshes in the high Andes, usually well above 3000m. It is largely land bound and will avoid swimming except in emergencies. This heavily built bird sports a tiny pink bill and white plumage except for black in the wings and tail. The female is similar...

Egyptian Goose
2006-03-08 14:00:06

The Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) is a member of the family Anatidae. It is part of the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae, and the sole member of the genus Alopochen. This locally abundant species is widely distributed across Africa except in deserts and dense forests. They are found mostly in the Nile Valley and south of the Sahara. It has also been introduced elsewhere; Great Britain...

Cape Barren Goose
2006-03-08 11:40:51

The Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae) is a large goose found in southern Australia. Cereopsis means wax-like and refers to the waxy yellow-green beak cover. A previous decline in numbers seems to have been reversed as birds in the east part of their range have adapted to feeding on agricultural land. Their breeding habitat is grassy islands off the Australian coast, where this...

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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