ASHY-HEADED GOOSE
(Chloephaga Poliocephala)
Arg. Ruddy Duck    Australian Shelduck


Geese of the World - Slimbridge
Ashy-Headed Goose found by Geese of the World SlimbridgeMap (WWT Slimbridge)
South America
Breeding Habitat - South America
Falkland Islands, Southern Chile, South Western Argentina, Southern Tierra del Fuego.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Winter further North in Chile and East North in Argentina.

Conservation Status


Size
500mm to 550mm (20" to 22")

Appearance - Drake
The head is Grey, paler over the crown with a White eye ring, Brown eyes and a Black bill. A pale Brown to Grey back, Chestnut lower neck and breast with Black-barred White flanks. The primary feathers are Black with White secondaries and a Green speculum. The abdomen is White and the tail and rump is Black. The inside of the legs are Black and the outside of the legs are Red.

Appearance - Duck
The female is similar to the male but has more pronounced barring on the underparts.

Habitat
Forest clearings, boggy meadows and rough pastures.

Diet
Grasses, leaves, stems, seedheads and sedges.

Breeding Time
October to November.

Eggs
Quantity: 4 to 6.
Colour: Light Brown

Slimbridge Wildfowl A - B
African Black Duck (Anas Sparsa)
African Pygmy Goose (Nettapus Auritus)
American Black Duck (Anas Rubripes)
American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Ruber)
American Wigeon (Anas Americana)
American Wood Duck (Aix Sponsa)
Andean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Andinus)
Andean Goose (Chloephaga Melanoptera)
Argentinian Ruddy Duck (Oxyura Vittata)
Ashy Headed Goose (Chloephaga Poliocephala)
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna Tadornoides)
Australian Shoveler (Anas Rhynchotis)
Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta Jubata)
Baer's Pochard (Aythya Baeri)
Baikal Teal (Anas Formosa)
Bar-Headed Goose (Anser Indicus)
Barnacle Goose (Branta Leucopsis)
Bewick's Swan (Cygnus Columbianus Bewickii)
Black-Bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Autumnalis)
Black-Necked Swan (Cygnus Melancoryphus)
Black Swan (Cygnus Atratus)
Blue-Winged Goose (Cyanochen Cyanoptera)
Blue-Winged Teal (Anas Discors)
Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta Brasiliensis)
Brent Goose (Branta Bernicla)
Bronze Winged Duck (Speculanas Specularis)
Bufflehead (Bucephala Albeola)
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ASHY-HEADED GOOSE
Arg. Ruddy Duck    Australian Shelduck
Ashy-Headed Goose
©Nigel Key Ashy-Headed Goose (Slimbridge July 2014)

The Ashy-Headed Goose is a sheldgoose of the sub family Tadorninae. They are hardy and particularly agressive in the breeding season.

Ashy-Headed Geese are mainly found on land but are sometimes seen perching or even roosting in trees. They generally only swim when they are moulting or have goslings.
   Hear the Ashy-Headed Goose's Call:-


Photographs © Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
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Ashy-Headed Goose (Slimbridge July 2014) Ashy-Headed Goose (Slimbridge July 2014) Ashy-Headed Goose (Slimbridge July 2014)
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