Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Least Concern

Ruddy-headed Goose (Chloephaga rubidiceps)


Taxonomy

French: Ouette à tête rousse German: Rotkopfgans Spanish: Cauquén colorado
Taxonomy:

Chloëphaga rubidiceps

P. L. Sclater

, 1861,

Falkland Islands

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Extreme S South America in E Magallanes (Chile), N Tierra del Fuego and S Santa Cruz (Argentina), also Falkland Is; formerly more widespread. Winters N to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Descriptive notes

45–52·5 cm; male 1650–2020 g, female 1200–1500 g. Distinctive goose with red-brown head and neck, fading to grey-brown during inter-moult period,... read more

Voice

Sexually dimophic like other Chloephaga geese: male gives short, whistled “seep” and... read more

Habitat

Open country, frequenting coastal grassland, meadows and pampas wetlands, around ponds, in... read more

Food and feeding

Almost entirely vegetarian; roots, leaves, stems and seed heads of grasses and sedges. In summer, primarily feeds on Poa annua,... read more

Breeding

Starts Sept–Nov in Falkland Is, with peak laying in mid Oct on continent. In single pairs or loose groups; nest lined with down, on... read more

Movements

Falkland Is population virtually sedentary, although has been recorded moving up to 90 km (more... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population of mainland S America in critical state: has decreased dramatically and may now number fewer than 1000 birds, with the... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Ruddy-headed Goose (Chloephaga rubidiceps). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52832 on 20 August 2017).