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Magpie Goose: Have you seen this bird?

Magpie Goose: Have you seen this bird?

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Magpie-goose

The Magpie-goose, Anseranas semipalmata, is a waterbird species found in coastal northern Australia and savannah in southern New Guinea.

It is a unique member of the order Anseriformes, and arranged in a family and genus distinct from all other living waterfowl. It may merit recognition as a separate family in order Anseriformes on account of its primitive characteristics.

The magpie goose typically weighs 3 kg (6.5 pounds) and is 75–90 cm (30–35 inches) long. The sexes are alike in having a black-and-white body, long neck and legs. They have virtually unwebbed toes. Their long hooked bill and bare face give the bird the look of a vulture.

This bird’s feet are only partially webbed. Feet aside, the Magpie-goose will feed on vegetable matter in the water as well as on land. Males are larger than females.

The Magpie-goose is found in a variety of open wetland areas such as floodplains and swamps. It is fairly sedentary apart from some movement during the dry season.

Its nest is on the ground, and a typical clutch is 5-14 eggs.

This species is plentiful across its range. For Australia as a whole, it is not threatened and has a controlled hunting season when numbers are large.

 

 

Whether a fellow winds up with a nest egg or a goose egg depends a heap on the kind of chick he married.

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