Spur-Winged Goose (Slimbridge March 2011)
The Spur-Winged Goose is a member of the Shelduck and goose family Anatidae but classed in a sub-family Plectropterinae.
The Spur-Winged Goose is the largest African waterfowl and on average, the World's largest wild Goose.
During the breeding season the Spur-Winged Goose is very aggressive to other waterfowl often using the spur on their wing during fights.
The Spur-Winged Goose can be distinguished from the Magpie Goose by its Light Red Beak rather than Orange beak.
(Compare the two Geese)
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750mm to 1150mm (" to ")
Appearance - Male
The male has a dark Brown head and neck, a light Red bill with a light tip and frontal knob. A Red facial patch extends from the bill to the dark Brown eyes.The upper-parts and tail are Blackish, the under-parts are White and the wings are Black and White. The legs and feet are Pink.
Appearance - Female
The female is similar to the male except it has a smaller knob, less bare skin on the face and generally slightly smaller.
Wetlands, Grasslands, Rivers, Lakes, Pools, Swamps, Marshes and River Deltas.
Aquatic Plants, Insects, Grasses, Tuberous Crops, Grain and small Fish.
September to January or January to March depending upon location.
They build their nests in tree hollows, cavities in rocks or concealled in vegetaion near water.
Quantity: 6 to 14
Colour: Ivory White.