Canada Goose and Goslings

The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) is a large North American migratory bird of Canada and the northern United States.

The Canada Goose mates for life – a male and female remain partners throughout their whole life. 

The female lays 2-9 eggs, and both parents look after the eggs until they hatch after 24-48 days. 

The chicks are called goslings. Goslings can walk, swim, and find their own food soon after hatching. They can fly after 6-9 weeks of age. 

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Spur-Winged Goose

The Spur-Winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis gambensis) is a large bird in the Anatidae family of geese. It is related to the Shelduck.

The Spur-Winged Goose is black with a white face and white patches on its wings. Its belly is white. It has a red facial patch from its beak to above its eyes. The male has a larger red facial patch than the female. It has a long, S-shaped neck. It has long pinkish-red legs. 

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Southern Screamer juvenile

The Southern Screamer (Chauna torquata) is a large bird in the Anseriformes family of geese. It is also known as the Crested Screamer. It is called Screamer because it screams loudly.

The adult Southern Screamer has grey feathers with a black collar around its neck. Its back is dark-grey and its underbelly is light grey. It has a grey crest and a grey beak. It has a red patch around its eyes. It has pink legs. It has partially webbed feet that enable it to swim. It is a good swimmer, but it prefers to be on land most of the time.

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Swan Goose

The Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides) is a large bird with a long neck. 

The Swan Goose has greyish-brown upperparts, a maroon cap, and maroon at the back of its neck. Its underwing is black. It has a thin, white stripe surrounding the base of its beak. Its belly and sides are pale with darker streaks. Its beak is black, and its legs and feet are orange. It has maroon-brown eyes. The male and the female look similar, but the male has a longer beak and neck.

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Upland Goose

The Upland Goose (Chloephaga picta) is a large bird in the Anatidae sub-family of sheldgoose birds, that includes ducks, geese, and swans. It is also called the Magellan Goose.

The male has a white head and white chest, with a grey back and black wing feathers. The male has a great beak and grey legs. The female is brown with black striped wings and yellow feet. The male and female have webbed feet.

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What is the difference between the African Pygmy Goose and the Green Pygmy Goose?

What is the difference between the African Pygmy Goose and the Green Pygmy Goose?

The African Pygmy Goose (Nettapus auritus) and the Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus) are both perching ducks, because they have the feet and body of a duck, but the beak of a goose.

The African Pygmy Goose is from sub-Saharan Africa and the Green Pygmy Goose is from northern Australia and Papua New Guinea.

The African Pygmy Goose has a white face with black eye patches and light green ear patches. The Green Pygmy Goose has white cheeks.

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African Pygmy Goose

The African Pygmy Goose (Nettapus auritus) is a perching duck, related to the dabbling duck; it is not closely related to the goose. It is a wetland bird.

The African Pygmy Goose has a short beak like a goose’s beak, but it has the feet and body of a duck. The male has a white face with black eye patches. It has an iridescent black crown and light green ear patches. The male has an open white collar around its neck. Its neck and chest are light-chestnut coloured. It has chestnut-coloured sides and its back is metallic green. It has 16 black tail feathers. Its belly is white. Its beak is yellow with a black tip, and its feet are dark-grey. Its eyes are reddish-brown.

The female has a grey face with a dark-brown eye stripe, with brown patches on the cheeks and the back of her neck. The female has a dark-brown forehead and crown, with a dark-chestnut coloured chest and sides. Her belly is white. The lower part of her beak is yellow and the upper part is mottled-brown.

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Green Pygmy Goose

The Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus) is a small perching duck from northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. It is more closely related to ducks than to geese because it has the feet and body of a duck and the beak of a goose.

The Green Pygmy Goose has black and white scallop-lined feathers on its body.  It has a brown crown, black eyes, white cheeks, and a pink and black beak. Its wings are deep iridescent green. Males have a green neck, and females have a white neck.

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Cape Barren Goose

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).

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Egyptian Goose

The Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) is a large African waterbird with chocolate-brown eye patches, living close to rivers, lakes, marshes, and estuaries. Alopochen means fox-goose because it has feathers that are the same colour as a fox.

Egyptian Geese have red to grey-brown feathers, with black lower back, rump and tail feathers

There is a narrow, dark reddish-brown collar around the base of their long necks. The wings have iridescent green patches. Their eyes are orange and their beak is pinkish, with a black tip, black nostrils and black edges. Their legs and feet are pinkish, turning redder when in breeding condition.

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