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Orinoco Goose

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


[edit] Identification

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.

[edit] Distribution

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

[edit] Taxonomy

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

[edit] Habitat

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

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

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

[edit] Breeding

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

[edit] References

  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
  2. AvianWeb
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018)

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