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Orinoco Goose - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Fernandes Pinheiro, PR, Brazil, September, 2018
Neochen jubata
Photo by © Luis R
Hato El Cedral, Apure State, Venezuela, September 2009


61-66 cm (24-26 in)

  • Pale head and neck
  • Chestnut flanks and mantle
  • Black wings
  • White speculum
  • Red legs
  • Black and pink bill

Males are larger, otherwise sexes are identical.

Juveniles are duller than adults.


South America: found from Orinoco and Amazon River basins to north-western Argentina


This is a monotypic species[1].
Sometimes placed in genus Oressochen together with Andean Goose.


Forest lakes or marshes with access to open woodland or savanna.



There is very little information available about diet in wild populations, but it is presumed they eat green parts of various plants and sedges.


They nest in hollow trees, only occasionally on the ground.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. AvianWeb
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018)

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