French: Anserelle élégante German: Australzwergente Spanish: Gansito australiano
Port Essington, Northern Territory, Australia
S New Guinea, tropical N Australia; sightings in Timor-Leste, where may breed#R; also recorded (status uncertain) in Sulawesi, S Moluccas and Lesser Sundas W to Flores.
30–36 cm; male 300–430 g, female 245–340 g; wingspan 48–60 cm. Male has bottle-green neck and conspicuous white cheeks, wing green with dark primaries... read more
Musical trills and whistles often given in flight and on landing (“cut-ka-ka-du”), while alarm call... read more
Lowland tropical lagoons, lakes and billabongs of rather deep, permanent fresh waters with abundant... read more
Food and feeding
Essentially vegetarian; seeds, leaves, flowers, buds and stems of water lilies and other aquatic plants (e.g. Nymphaea spp., ... read more
Starts Nov and continues until Apr, at least in N Australia, i.e. mainly wet season. In single pairs and species is monogamous with... read more
Mainly sedentary, but subject to local dispersive movements favoured by extensive flooding during... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rather common and locally abundant, but highly dependent on seeds and flowers of water lilies, and overall population might be <... read more
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!