The Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae), often called the Pig Goose, is a large goose from southern Australia, originally sighted on Cape Barren Island. It mainly lives on uninhabited islands. It is one of the rarest geese in the world.
The Cape Barren Goose is pale grey with black spots, with pink legs and black feet. Its short black beak has a yellow-green cere (fleshy part that surrounds the nostrils).
The Cape Barren Goose is 75-100 centimetres (30-39 in) tall with a 150-190 centimetre (59-75 inches).
It is a grazer, feeding on grass. It rarely swims, even though it is considered to be a wetlands bird.
The female Cape Barren Goose lays about 5 eggs in grassland nests. The eggs take about a month to hatch into goslings. They take about six months before they learn to fly and leave the nest.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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