Ashy-headed Goose

(Chloephaga Poliocephala)

Appearance: - The stocky Ashy-headed Goose has a grey head and upper neck, paler crown, white eye-ring, dark brown eyes, short black beak, chestnut lower neck and breast, grey back, black-barred white flanks, white abdomen, black tail and rump, primary wing feathers are black, secondaries are white and speculum is metallic green, and legs are black and orange. The female is similar but may have more barring on the underparts.

Size: - Typical Adult is 50-55cm (20-22in).

Food: - Leaves, sedges, seeds, and grasses.

Habitat/Range: - Damp upland forest clearings, boggy meadows, and rough pasture in mountainous areas of southern Chile, south-western Argentina, southern Tierra del Fuego, and in the Falkland Islands. Winters in lowlands further north in Chile, and northern & eastern Argentina.

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Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - From October or November.

Eggs: - 4 to 6 (pale brown colour).

Notes: - The Ashy-headed Goose is a large Sheldgoose of the subfamily Tadorninae which usually graze on land in boggy meadows during the day, and can be seen at night roosting in trees. It occasionally nests in dead hollow trees.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Tadorninae, Genus: Chloephaga.

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