- Anseranas semipalmata
Male 75–90 cm (29½-35½ in); female 70–80 cm (27½-31½ in)
- Black and white plumage
- Yellow legs
- White plumage often stained
- Distinct knob on older birds (variable in size)
- Hooked bill
- Face skin yellow or flesh colour
- Partly webbed feet
Occasionally found as far south as Victoria
Rush and sedge dominated swamps, flood plains of tropical rivers and rice crops.
It is fairly sedentary apart from some movement during the dry season.
Unlike true geese, the moult is gradual, and there is no flightless period.
Generally polygamous, usually with two females, they all incubate the eggs and raise the young.
They nest is on the ground; a typical clutch is 5-14 eggs.
They breed in colonies.
After the breeding season they join together in large noisy flocks.
They are vegetarian, their diet consisting of grass, seeds, rhizomes and bulbs.
Call: a loud honk.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2016)
- The Beauty of Birds
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Magpie Goose. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 27 September 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Magpie_Goose
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