Spur-winged Goose

(Plectropterus Gambensis)

Appearance: - The male Spur-winged Goose has a blackish-brown head and neck, large pinkish-red beak with pale tip and frontal knob, bare facial skin in front of eyes, and upper neck, dark-brown eyes, blackish upperside and tail, white underparts, black and white wings, and legs and feet are pink. The smaller female has a smaller frontal knob, and less bare facial skin.

Size: - Typical Adult is 75-115cm (30-45in).

Food: - Aquatic plants, sedges, seeds, grazing on grasses, grain, crops, and occasionally taking small fish and insects.

Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, floodplains, grasslands, rivers, lakes, marshes, and reservoirs throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

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Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - From end of rainy season - September to January in South Africa and January to March in Zambia.

Eggs: - 6 to 14 (ivory-white colour).

Notes: - The Spur-winged Goose is the largest African waterfowl and generally the world's largest goose. As well as nesting on the ground they will also nest in tree hollows, and they can be seen perching in trees. It is related to Geese and Shelducks but anatomically distinct from both and so is classed in its own sub-family, the Plectropterinae.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Plectropterinae,
Genus: Plectropterus.

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Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus Gambensis)
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