French: Canaroie semipalmée German: Spaltfußgans Spanish: Ganso urraca
Hawkesbury River, New South Wales, Australia
N Australia (from Broome, in Western Australia, E to Brisbane, in Queensland) and S New Guinea. Reintroduced in Victoria, SE Australia, where formerly widespread.
Male 75–90 cm, 1838–3195 g, wingspan 130–180 cm; female 70–80 cm, 1405–2770 g, wingspan 125–165 cm. Protuberance on head variable in size... read more
Loud, resonant honks, with those given by female higher-pitched than those of male, with so-called... read more
Swamps and grasslands in floodplains of tropical rivers, where great variations in water level... read more
Food and feeding
Almost entirely vegetarian diet, consisting mostly of blades of grass, seeds (Poaceae, Nymphaeaceae, Cyperaceae), bulbs and rhizomes,... read more
Often polygamous, typically one male paired with two females, all of which incubate eggs and provision young. Pair-bonds probably lifelong... read more
Not truly migratory, but wanders extensively in relation to food and water availability, dispersing... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Overall population has been placed at in excess of five million birds, of which 3,900,000 were thought to be present in Northern... read more
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