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  Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)





Magpie Goose | Anseranas semipalmata photo
Magpie Goose, Currumbin Sanctuary, Gold Coast, Australia.

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MAGPIE GOOSE FACTS

Description
The Magpie Goose has black and white plumage and yellowish legs. The feet are only partially webbed. Can form large and noisy flocks of up to a few thousand individuals. The voice is a loud honking.

Size
80-85cm, wing span 1.5m

Habitat
open wet areas such as floodplains, swamps, dams.

Food
sedges, grasses, seeds

Breeding
The nest is on the ground made of trampled vegetation. Typical clutch is 5-14 eggs- average 7.

Range
coastal northern Australia

distribution map showing range of Anseranas semipalmata in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anseranatidae
Genus:Anseranas
Species:semipalmata
Common Name:Magpie Goose