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Cape Barren Goose

Cape Barren Goose

DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT

Southern Coasts of Australia: land and islands. The goose lives in open spaces – meadows, crops, pastures, edges of marshes.

BEHAVIOUR

Even though it is a goose, it is reluctant to swim. This territorial bird defens its territory very effectively against even larger intruders, including people.
The bird deter the intruder by running towards him with its wings outstretched, making sounds similar to the grunt of a pig.

DIET

Grasses, legumes, seeds.

REPRODUCTION

Monogamous species; birds pair for life. They set up a nest in tall grass or under a bush, always in a place with a good view of the area. Only the female incubates eggs. Both parents look after chicks.

GOOD TO KNOW

This species is capable of drinking salt water. This is adaptation to salt in ocean waters.

  • Latin name: Cereopsis novaehollandiae
  • IUCN –Red List – LC – least concern
  • CITES – Appendix II

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