French: Céréopse cendré German: Hühnergans Spanish: Ganso cenizo
Cereopsis N. Hollandiae
New South Wales = islands of Bass Strait
Subspecies and Distribution
C. n. grisea
(Vieillot, 1818) – islands off SW Australia, including Recherche Archipelago, and adjacent mainland of Western Australia.
C. n. novaehollandiae
Latham, 1801 – SE Australia (coast of E South Australia E to E Victoria), islands in Bass Strait (Furneaux Group) and Tasmania.
75–100 cm; male 3170–5100 g, female 3180 g. Unmistakable Bird swimming. Juvenile averages slightly lighter with heavier spotting on wings and scapulars; cere... read more
Low, pig-like grunts and hisses are produced by both sexes, but only male gives loud, higher-... read more
Breeds in scrub and grassy areas on offshore islands of limestone and granite, with vegetation... read more
Food and feeding
Essentially vegetarian; leaves, stems and seeds of grasses (tussock), sedges, cereal crops and other plants with high water and nitrogen... read more
In winter, starts May/Jun (perhaps slightly later on Recherche Is), although territories are occupied from Feb and season continues until... read more
Partially dispersive after breeding season, with some remaining on nesting islands but others... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population reckoned to be c. 15,000–17,000 birds in 1980s, more recently (late 1990s) c. 20,000 individuals; apparently... read more
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