French: Ouette marine German: Kelpgans Spanish: Cauquén caranca
Chiloé Island, Chile.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. h. hybrida
(Molina, 1782) – coastal S Chile, Tierra del Fuego; winters N to Chubut coast, Argentina.
C. h. malvinarum
J. C. Phillips, 1916 – Falkland Is.
55–65 cm; male 2540–2580 g, female 2000–2020 g (hybrida); male 3250–3600 g, female 2050–2800 g (malvinarum). Male all white,... read more
Sexually dimorphic vocalizations: male gives whistled “si-si-si” and female a low honking “arnk-... read more
Breeds on coastal freshwater lakes but spends most of year along rocky coastlines (but not cliffs)... read more
Food and feeding
Almost entirely vegetarian, although small invertebrates may be ingested incidentally; forages along the coastline feeding on seaweed (... read more
Starts Oct/Nov, with goslings in Dec/early Jan in continental South America, while on Falkland Is most young hatch in Nov. In single pairs... read more
Continental race relatively sedentary, with small-scale winter movements along coast of Chile and N... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Size of total population poorly known, but thought to be abundant. Common resident and widely distributed in Falkland Is, where the... read more
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